A Detroit bus driver who took to the internet to express his anger about a coughing passenger that refuses to cover her mouth or wear a face mask has died from the COVID-19 disease on Thursday
The driver named Jason Hargrove was reported to become ill just four days right after posting the video on Facebook, precisely March 21. He was announced to have died by Wednesday according to Glenn Tolbert who is the head of the Drivers union.
In the video which Hargrove posted on Facebook, the 50 years old was seen complaining about a said passenger who coughed repeatedly on his bus. He made mention of how unserious she took the fact that there is a pandemic despite public announcement that people should sneeze or cough onto their elbows or wear face masks. Though the said woman wasn’t in the video, Hargrove expressed his displeasure and anger.
Hargrove said drivers are “public workers doing our job, trying to make an honest living, take care of our families.”
“For you to get on the bus … and cough several times without covering up your mouth and you know (we’re) in the middle of a pandemic — that lets me know that some folks don’t care,” Hargrove said.
“At some point in time, we’ve got to draw the line and say enough is enough. I feel violated,” he said.
Meanwhile on March 17th, the city had eliminated fares and government officials had promised more cleaning wherefore bus drivers were told to enter and exit their bus only through the rear door. The changes occurred after drivers declined to work that day to protest conditions.
Mayor Mike Duggan said “everybody in America” should watch Hargrove’s video.
“He was infected before we closed the front doors” on buses, Duggan said. “Some of his language is graphic, but I don’t know how you can watch it and not tear up. He knew his life was being put in jeopardy … by someone who didn’t take this seriously and now he’s gone.”