Pulls Something When You Pull The Cord

, | Working | March 11, 2015

(I am riding a city bus that goes to the local community college. By default, the buses always stop at the college, because most of the riders on this particular route are students. As a result, nobody ever pulls the bell-cord/stop-request cord at the college, because it is always a guaranteed stop. In fact, one of the drivers told me in person not to bother pulling the cord, because it is a guaranteed stop. This day, the bus is full of students, but the elderly driver quickly drives past the bus-stop without stopping.)

Passenger #1: “Hey, you missed the bus stop!”

Driver: *snappy and angry* “Well, none of you pulled the cord to signal me to stop!”

Passenger #1: “But the bus always stops at the college!”

Driver: *yelling loudly* “Too bad, so sad, PAL!”

Passenger #2: “Please stop. I have to get to classes!”

Driver: “That’s not my problem! Don’t be stupid!”

Passenger #3: “Come on, stop the bus!”

Driver: “No! Leave me alone!”

(By this point, about a dozen people have pulled the cord. The driver actually started to laugh at the people on the bus.)

Passenger #4: “We’re sorry! The buses usually stop at the college. We didn’t realize you wouldn’t stop.”

Driver: *snarky tone* “Not MY problem!”

(Someone calmly approached the driver to reason with him. The driver’s response was to swat at the person violently.)

Passenger #4: “Hey, don’t hit him, you son of a b****!”

Driver: “Stop talking about yourself! Stop talking about yourself! You’re the son of a b****! Not me! Everyone here was too STUPID to pull the cord!”

(At this point several people were swearing at the driver, and he was responding by making snarky comments back at them. He skipped the next stop, and finally stopped at the following to let us off. Everyone who got off shot him dirty looks, while he sat there, glared at us, and laughed at each and every one of us using a very nasty tone. I called the bus company and reported the incident. Thankfully, I didn’t see him around for about two weeks. I can’t be sure, but I’m guessing he was briefly suspended for these stunts, because after that two weeks, he calmed down completely and never pulled anything like this again.)

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