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The 'TTC Leprechaun' Is Back And Causing Havoc On The Bus Again

02/03/2015 04:14 EST | Updated 02/04/2015 12:59 EST

A Toronto transit passenger dubbed the "TTC leprechaun" might be back, and aggravating fellow commuters once again.

Last fall, a passenger on a packed 72 Pape bus refused to remove his bag from a seat so that a woman could sit down.

The man, who was dressed in a bowler hat, bright green shirt, glasses and a brown goatee, also gave the woman the finger and was nicknamed the "TTC leprechaun" after the story went viral.

A man with a similar description, but wearing a wool cap, was the subject of a Facebook post by communications consultant Beth Lyn Ward on Friday.


Ward said that the man mounted his bike on the front of a packed bus as it was preparing to leave on Friday and "refused to take it off" after he was told the bus was already full.

The man then engaged in a "standoff" with the driver, sitting on the bike rack to stop the bus from leaving and asking to see a supervisor, The National Post reported.

All the other passengers got off and took the next bus which was right behind them, Ward told the newspaper.

All, that is, except for her. She stayed so that the driver would have a witness to the incident.

The man remained on the bus until police came, the Post reported.

Ward told Metro News that the passenger wouldn't give officers his name, but he did say something along the lines of, "I'm famous, you don't even know who I am."

She told The Huffington Post Canada via email that she openly identified him as the "TTC green leprechaun" from the fall incident, and that he replied, "You do know who I am!"

Ward also said the man filmed his encounter with officers on his phone and told them he had sued police in the past.

Toronto police spokeswoman Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu confirmed Ward's account to Metro, adding that the man was charged with a Trespass to Property Act offence, though she did not identify the man.

Another spokesman told the Post that the man was issued a ticket, which usually runs around $125.

Brad Ross, the head of communications for the TTC, did not confirm the man's identity to the Post, nor did he connect him to any incident involving the "TTC leprechaun."

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