Police contacted after Park City bus rider told to ‘(Expletive) off and speak English’
November 23, 2018
The Park City Police Department in mid-November responded to a report about a verbal confrontation on a City Hall bus that involved a profanity directed at someone who was not speaking English.
The Police Department fielded the report at a little bit after 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 on Snow Creek Drive. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said a man was riding on the bus while a woman was talking to another person in an unspecified foreign language. The bus was headed from the Snyderville Basin toward a Park Avenue stop outside the Holiday Village shopping center.
"He told her and her friend to (expletive) off and speak English," according to public police logs.
The logs indicated the verbal confrontation occurred 30 minutes before the Police Department was notified.
Kirk said the man did not make a threat but acted in a "very uncivil" manner.
"The complainant was verbally criticized by another passenger on the bus," Kirk said.
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Police officers who investigated did not find the man. The Police Department informed City Hall transit supervisors of the case out of concern that another confrontation involving the man could escalate.
Kirk said there was no apparent criminal activity during the Nov. 13 case.
Foreign languages are regularly spoken in Park City, with many speaking Spanish as their first language. Park City draws an international clientele as well, bringing people to the community who speak a range of languages.