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Millburn Police Help Homeless Newark Man

Police drove 56-year-old William Clark to Maplewood border to catch NJ Transit bus after being denied rides a at Main Street bus stop and Millburn Train Station.

Millburn police helped a homeless 56-year-old man catch a ride back to Newark on Tuesday after a NJ Transit bus driver and train conductor refused. 

According to police, an officer responded to a disorderly persons report at about 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the corner of Main Street and East Willow. 

Police said an NJ Transit bus driver told them William Clark of Newark was trying to ride the bus without paying. Clark told police, the bus driver wouldn't let him board because of the large carriage he was traveling with. 

The bus driver refused to let Clark ride the bus and told police, "he is a homeless man and never pays his fare."

According to an NJ Transit spokesperson, all passengers must provide proof of payment getting on a bus or train.

Millburn police took Clark to Millburn train station to help him get back to Newark. 

However, the NJ Transit train conductor wouldn't let Clark board the train because of his appearance, according to the report.

The officer tried to explain Clark had no money to pay for his fare, but, according to the report, the train conductor ignored the officer and closed the doors. 

Millburn police then drove Clark to a bus stop on Millburn Avenue at the Maplewood border.

Police said the bus driver allowed Clark to board the bus and pay his fare when he got off in Newark.

Sadifa Farrakhan January 25, 2013 at 09:26 AM
Seriously,, here's a man traveling no doubt with all the possessions he has in the world, perhaps not dressed as a WALLSTREET BUSINESSMAN , in the bitter cold , trying to make it "HOME" and the bus driver could not open his heart and have mercy on the gentleman, I find it reprehensible and heartless !!!! The train person is shameful also . Do they not realize with ONE WRONG MOVE THEY COULD BECOME OLD FRIENDS FAST WITH THE MAN WITH THE CART !! ONE SLIP-UP ON THE J-O-B AND THEY'D BE OUT THE DOOR!! IT'S ALL VANITY AND FALSE PRIDE!! THE POLICE GET CREDIT FOR GIVING HIM A RIDE, BUT WHY NOT JUST TAKE THE GENTLEMAN WHERE HE HAD TO GO AND BE DONE WITH IT!!
Cham January 25, 2013 at 01:22 PM
How "helpful". If he's "homeless", then this man is not "from Newark". He's not from anywhere. He doesn't have a home, not in Newark and not anywhere. What about actually "helping" this man, by connecting him with social services, public assistance, housing/shelter?
James January 25, 2013 at 03:12 PM
The good residents of Millburn didnt help this man they just wanted the ugly, unpleasant, homeless person out of their perceived high class town. The article smacks of spin. Lets call it what it really was. The Millburn Police escorted an undesirable to the outskirts of town to make him someone elses problem.
Jerseygirl January 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Cham and James ...Leave your phone numbers ...This way our Millburn Police can contact you for a solution the next time something like this happens. As Sadifa commented, we're all close to being in a similar situation.
Oy January 29, 2013 at 01:36 AM
@james, the article never described the man as been ugly or unpleasant. This really says a lot about you...what else could the police have done? Damn if you do and damn if you don't. It's nothing personal. In the world some people will be poor and some rich it's just the way it is.

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