October Theme Of The Month: Halloween!

Getting The Hobbit Price

| Canada | Money, Transportation

(I drive a public bus for a company that covers a large geographic area and several different modes of transportation. Because of that, we have multiple zones costing different fares depending on how far you are traveling, with the lowest adult fare being $2.75.)

Passenger: “How much is it?”

Me: “Where are you going to today?”

Passenger: *confused* “…There and back?”

Me: “…$2.75 sir.”

Needs To Be Coached On Buses

| Reykjavik, Iceland | Extra Stupid, Tourists/Travel, Transportation

Me: “These are your tickets, the bus is right out here—” *gestures to the door with a HUGE departures sign over it* “—and it will be marked with the tour name in the front window.”

Customer: “Thank you.” *the customer walks away, turns around and walks back to me* “Sorry, which bus is it?”

Me: “The bus is right out there and it’s the only one out on the lot.”

Customer: “Thank you.”

(Again he walks off, he walks out into the lot stares at THE ONLY BUS that’s there and then walks back to me.)

Customer: “Sorry, what number will be on the bus?”

Me: “The bus has the tour name in the front window and it’s the only bus departing at the moment.”

(The customer walked off for the third time, walked towards the bus, walked around the bus, and had almost walked off, when the driver caught up with him and escorted him onto the bus.)

Wait An Extra Hour For The Bigotry Bus

| San Antonio, TX, USA | Awesome Workers, Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Transportation

(I work as a city bus driver in San Antonio and I’m fairly openly transgender… I believe it’s more than obvious even in uniform. I hear and receive a few insults daily. I normally deal with those pretty easily, but today one struck a nerve, mostly because it was aimed at someone else on the bus doing something really nice. An obviously gay man is offering the seat next to them to an old man.)

Old Man: “I don’t want to be seated next to some [homosexual slur]!”

(I park the bus and look back.)

Me: “Then you wouldn’t want to be driven around by one either. The next bus is in a hour. You can catch it here.”

(The whole bus is dead silent for 20 seconds. Then the old man starts cursing me out, calling me every name in the book.)

Me: “Sir, I’m giving you 30 seconds before I call the cops and have you removed off this bus for discrimination.”

(The old man continued cursing but left the second I reached for the phone. The whole bus applauded and pretty much thanked me/congratulated me as they left. The man I defended gave me a five dollar tip and a thank you as he left!)

It’s A Grey(hound) Area

, | Calgary, AB, Canada | Pets & Animals, Theme Of The Month, Transportation

(I was working in the call centre for a well-known bus company named after a type of dog. An ad was running at the time for a companion fare (buy one, get one) and it featured images of the type of dog the company is named after. One afternoon I get a call in regards to the pricing and rules for the fare. After giving this info the caller has one last question:)

Caller: “So, to use this companion fare, does my companion HAVE to be a dog?”

Putting You In The Hot Seat

| Paris, France | Crazy Requests, Transportation

(I am on the bus home when a middle-aged woman gets on. The bus is far from empty, but there are several free seats left. Nonetheless, she approaches a teenage girl sitting down towards the front.)

Lady: “I need that seat.”

Girl: *in halting, heavily-accented French* “I’m sorry, I don’t…”

Lady: “I NEED that seat. I need it now. I have a pass. I need it.”

Girl: “I… there are other…”


(The girl apparently gave up, and decided to move to one of the free seats nearby. The woman sat her bag down on the vacated seat and proceeded to stand next to it with a faint air of triumph for the rest of her journey – all of three stops down the road.)

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