Whether it's for the greater good to plow into one person or, instead, put hundreds of other lives at risk is a thought experiment. But Muni drivers don't have time for thought experiments. Life moves too quickly.


It was eight years ago. It was a No. 14 bus. It was at Mission and Trumbull. And "it was a goddamn city vehicle driven by a goddamn city worker, of all people." The car swerved in front of the bus, and the Muni driver slammed on the brakes. Passengers flew through the air. But, amazingly, no one was hurt.

"There was an extremely fat woman standing in the front of the bus," recalls the Muni driver. "She wasn't very tall, but she must have been well north of 300 pounds; she was well-padded. And she broke everyone's fall." He pauses. "She was very large."

Your humble narrator stands corrected. Apparently a fat person, by dint of their girth, is going to save lives or prevent injury on public transit. The trick, it would seem, is putting them on the vehicles, and not beneath them.

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Brandan Podestá
Brandan Podestá

You jump off and save yourself. Unfortunately if you stay on and try to do something and fail at it, you'll end up in a lifelong lawsuit.

Santoki Jennifer Anastasi
Santoki Jennifer Anastasi

this philosophical conversation leads to the justification of killing (so to speak) when it becomes a moral issue on what is valued...A Buddhist *lay or monk* would kill someone--if they thought if meant..protecting x, y, and z..

 
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