Greyhound Used To Say There's No Such Thing As 'Bus Rage.' Then Came The Cannibal.
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"There's a reason you've never heard of 'bus rage'," said an ad campaign Greyhound was running in 2008. Because riding the bus may not be anyone's idea of a good time, but when you think about it, it's a whole lot less stressful than driving. You can even just lean back and sleep through all the traffic. So when you're driving behind schedule and simmering with rage, if you happen to see a billboard with that slogan, you might think about booking a bus the next time you get the chance.
Then came July 2008. Over in Canada, Tim McLean, who worked at a carnival in Edmonton, boarded a Greyhound bus for the 800-mile trip to Winnipeg. Like many passengers on the long ride, he went to sleep.
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The passenger beside him, Vince Weiguang Li, took out a knife. As he started stabbing McLean, the bus pulled over, and the driver and every other passenger took the opportunity to flee the vehicle. Then a couple of them reconsidered and turned back to help the attacked man, but Li had the door shut now and just waved his knife at them.
Li didn't have only murder on his mind, though. He went all the way and beheaded Tim McLean. He even pressed this free head against the window, so the passengers who hadn't run far away could get a look. And then Li set about eating the dead man's flesh.
A court found the murderer insane (apparently, God had told him there were demons inside Tim). And Greyhound was forced to conclude that something like bus rage does in fact exist.
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