Eric Skripka Donations

As many bus riders have likely read, a good Samaritan who was attempting to stop a thug from beating on his girlfriend got a whole heap of hurt for his efforts: http://www.twincities.com/ci_15608389

Eric Skripka got off of a bus on University Ave. in St. Paul (news accounts do not say, but I assume it was either a 16 or 50) when Brian Edward Harper pushed a woman off the bus and then onto the ground. When Eric tried to stop the beating he got knocked down and kicked repeatedly in the head until unconscious.

Unfortunately, Mr. Skripka is out of work an does not have health insurance. A fund had been started to help him pay for his medical costs. Please stop into any TCF branch to donate, or send checks to:

Eric Skripka Benefit Account
TCF Bank
801 Marquette Ave. S.
Minneapolis MN 55402

As a rider on these routes who has confronted thugs in the past this story really makes me feel ‘there but for the grace of god’.

In addition to thanking Mr Skripka for what he did I will be sending in as much as I can spare and hope that all readers of this blog (and users of Metro Transit services) do the same. I hope too it inspires more riders to help keep watch and speak/act against those seem incapable of behaving like humans on the bus.

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