Middle-aged man stabbed fellow commuter for sitting with legs crossed at TransJakarta bus stop: Police

TransJakarta bus. Photo: Instagram/@pt_transjakarta
TransJakarta bus. Photo: Instagram/@pt_transjakarta

One man’s apparent pet peeve led to a violent incident at a TransJakarta bus stop in Jakarta today.

According to the police, at around 11:20am today, a 52-year-old man, identified by his initial S, stabbed a fellow commuter, identified as 29-year-old ES, in the leg with a knife over the way he sat at the BKN bus stop in Cawang, East Jakarta.

S told the police he had been harboring a grudge against people who sit in public facilities with their legs crossed.

“It was as if he felt insulted, so those feelings [of anger] surfaced,” Kramat Jati Police Chief Nurdin Ar Rahman told CNN Indonesia.

Speaking to Kompas, Nurdin said S may have harbored those grudges for a long time.

“He carried a knife everyday. He works as a consultant in Bogor. He appears healthy but slightly stressed and traumatized [by people who sit with their legs crossed],” he said.

Sitting with one’s legs crossed is generally not considered a public etiquette violation in Indonesia. But, like anywhere else, putting one’s feet up on seats is considered a faux pas in public facilities.

The extent of ES’ injury has not been revealed. S was arrested by police shortly after the random assault.

The police have yet to announce any charges against S, and whether or not he would have his mental health assessed.


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