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My office recently moved from way the hell out in the suburbs to downtown so I started taking the bus to work again.  I like it.  It's easy and cheap.  And it gets me closer to the building than if I drove and paid for parking.  Bonus.


So last Tuesday on my way home I got into a touch of a scuffle with a particular driver.  I was standing at the stop and he blew right past me.  Didn't stop.  Didn't even pretend he might slow down.  Thankfully, the next stop is a busy one - lots of people on and off - so I was able to run and catch it.  While I was paying my fare I made sure he knew what he had done.  As I walked away he hollered after me that the stop I was at is a multi-bus stop and I should have raised my hand to indicate I wanted him to stop.  Now this is utter bull.  No other driver does it this way.  I argued that the stop is on his route and if there are people there, he needs to stop.  He told me that my attitude would get me kicked off.  I gave him a dismissive hand wave and we all moved on.  So I thought.


He was driving again tonight, first time I've seen him since.  I could tell it was him from down the street.  To be safe, I raised my hand to indicate I wanted him to stop.  He was all sunshine and giggles when I got on.  He actually laughed and was quite pleased with himself for "winning." Whatever.  I have no problem doing things your way when refusing will be a detriment to me.  Besides, I said my piece.


But.  You knew there was a but, right?  When he stopped to let me off the bus tonight?  The bastard made sure he stopped juuuust right so that I had to step into a pile of sand the exact width of the door to get off the bus.  


I hope he feels like a big man now.  And gets crabs.

26 comments:

Eva Gallant said...

Oh....he's a sweetheart! (NOT)

Whiskeymarie said...

I'm going to be riding the bus a lot this year as well (parking prices raised to $600+ a year). Oddly enough, I kind of miss the daily freakshow/power struggle/human petri dish that is public transit. Seriously- I do!

And I'd totally give that bus driver crabs.

Sure, I'd have to hire a skanky hooker to do it, but you're worth every penny, Sugartits.

So. Cal. Gal said...

Report him to the Transit Authority. That'll knock him down a peg.

I dealt with a company who thought they were the only show in town. I found a friendlier shop and, when the 1st company called, I told them that I went elsewhere, denying them literally hundreds of dollars.

Scope said...

While I ride public transit, it's normally the train, rarely bus. And have yet to have an issue with any of the drivers/operators.

Now, there are other passengers that I see routinely that I may have to have killed, but that's another story.

Dr Zibbs said...

You won't have him to bother you anymore Gwen. I had him destroyed.

Cora said...

It sounds like he already has crabs, if you ask me. I say that the next time you get on his bus you "accidentally" spill your ice tea on him.

Fair is fair.

words...words...words... said...

Next time you raise your hand, raise your finger too. Or you could match his passive-aggressiveness and "forget" a copy of How To Win Friends And Influence People on the bus.

stereo-chi said...

you make my morning full of awesome

Johnson said...

Next time he picks you up, hide a poop on his bus. That'll learn 'em.

SkylersDad said...

He is quite the winner, why don't you ask him out?

T. Roger Thomas said...

Buses are so annoying

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Bastard.

But remember karma is a beeyotch and now she's pissed off.

He'll get his.

Steve said...

For one job I had I was forced to get 2 busses to work and 2 back, in the year and a half that followed I encountered some good drivers and some bad. I remember one bus went straight past on two days running. Same driver both times. Third day I almost had to throw myself under the bus to get him to stop. I told him he'd gone past me twice. His reply?
"Can't you walk around the corner to catch this bus? It's awkward too pull out from this stop because of traffic," Awkward! How about doing your fucking job?! Needless to say I did not go around the corner.

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acting classes los angeles said...

Seriously, what is wrong with people?!? Service people that are assholes are the worst, I totally agree with you. He should have stopped, you shouldn't need to flag him down. I would've lodged a complaint that he passed you.

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What a jerk! I'm sure it would have been more energy than you'd like to exert on a douche like that, but I would have complained about him. What if some poor little old lady or hispanic migrant worker was at that boss stop and didn't know to raise their hand and he passed them by? I hate rude people.

Internet Marketing Los Angeles said...

Wow, the nerve of some people! Give a person a uniform and the slightest bit of power and they go out of control. I ride the bus every day, and I totally agree with you; if there are people at the bus stop, the driver needs to stop!

-Sara

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I would have contacted his superior, yes maybe this wasn't a HUGE deal but what if he did it to someone else? what a jerk.

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Anu said...

I thought only bus drivers here in India did that. My aunt lost her baby because a bus driver thought it was funny to start the bus while she was slowly and carefully getting on it. Service people who are rude and abrasive are really the worst!

Carol C. said...

AAAAARGH Bus drivers are complete knobs! What is it with them?! I waved a bus on at a bus stop recently to let him know I was getting another bus. He slowed down to a stop, opened the door, and essentially told me my wave was half-arsed. I had a ton of bags with me, hence the half-wave. What a complete gombeen! *Breathe Carol, breeeeathe...*
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soubriquet said...

Interesting that there are no dissenters... So I'll be one.

I hear you, in that you feel wronged, but can you not see another side to the story?

First, your bus driver's a knobhead, but secondly, he's right. If it's a stop for multiple buses, and you assume he should stop, on the off-chance that you might be for his bus, and not the others, then by giving him no clue, you inconvenience everyone on his bus, plus the following traffic.
How he responded to you was wrong, but how hard is it to raise a hand and let him know you want him to stop, or step back and let him and everybody else speed on their way?

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