This strange and unfortunate incident happened in Amboy, California, in November, but it surfaced earlier this week on the Historic Route 66 page on Facebook.
The incident also largely was confirmed by Carlos Aceves, who was the town’s manager, including at Roy’s.
Here’s the Nov. 5 story by KCDZ, a community radio station that states it received the report from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office:
An employee of Roy’s Café in Amboy was arrested Thursday, accused of slashing a bus driver with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, a bus stopped at Roy’s Café and the driver started handing out bottles of water to the passengers. A female employee came out just before 2 p.m. and started berating the driver for passing out the water. The woman’s husband, later identified as Arthur Perry, 58, of Yucca Valley, saw the altercation and came out to confront the bus driver. The report states that Perry brandished a knife and told the bus driver he would kill him. The bus driver received a slash on his hand and he punched Perry in the eye in self-defense. Witnesses intervened and broke up the fight.
The report later states a sheriff’s deputy found three knives on Perry, who admitted to threatening the bus driver. Perry was booked into a local jail with bond set at $50,000. He wasn’t in custody as of Tuesday night.
I looked through the radio station’s Amboy news feed, and I recognized earlier stories from the Mojave Desert village and a few others I didn’t know about. It appears the station is a legitimate news outlet, so the bus-driver-attack story appears genuine.
I’m sure the bus driver will tell his motorcoach friends about this, and it will depress bus visits to Amboy for a while. Yes, it wasn’t cool of the driver to pass out water to his passengers before they departed the bus. Roy’s depends on revenue from beverage and food sales to keep going. But the employee — and her husband — lost their cool.
But by all accounts, including my own personal experience, this incident is an anomaly and shouldn’t dissuade anyone from visiting Roy’s and the surrounding area.
There are bigger fish to fry. If only the county, state and feds could scrounge up enough money to repair the washed-out bridges along National Trails Highway (aka Route 66) in the area. Much of that road has been inaccessible for years now.
(Image of Roy’s in Amboy, California, by Chuck Coker via Flickr)