A Detroit bus driver seen complaining in a video posted on Facebook about a coughing passenger has died from COVID-19, officials said Thursday.
Jason Hargrove, 50, reportedly felt ill about four days after posting the passionate video on social media on March 21. He died Wednesday, said Glenn Tolbert, the head of the drivers union.
The seven-minute video is laced with expletives as Hargrove, who was clearly upset by the incident, tried to get his point across.
‘Excuse my language, but that’s how I feel right about now,’ he said.
‘For a grown a** person. In her 50s or early 60s to stand on the f*****g bus and cough, four or five times, without covering up your mouth and you know we in the midst of a motherf******g crisis with this coronavirus, I am p****d the f**k off.’
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.
On March 17, the city eliminated fares, promised more cleaning and told bus riders to enter and exit from the rear door only. 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.”
Watch the video below