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.