Soaked In Kindness

, , , , , | Hopeless | April 17, 2018

Due to not owning a car, I rely heavily on public buses to get me to my destination whenever I need to go somewhere. This means I am often caught having to stand at the stop for upwards of twenty minutes in the worst weather. Unfortunately for me, at the time of this story, I was having trouble with finances and did not own an umbrella, nor anything thicker than a hoodie. So, I was stuck in the pouring rain and soaked to the bone one cold spring day.

That was when a lady in a van pulled up at the bus stop and rolled down her passenger window. Expecting her to ask for directions, I stepped forward to answer her questions,only to find a travel umbrella pressed into my hands. She told me that she’d seen me as she was passing by going the other way, and had used the intersection further onward to turn around. She wanted to give me her spare umbrella, because she felt that no one should have to stand in the rain in such a thin hoodie without an umbrella.

I was already soaked to the bone, so it wasn’t too much use for me by that point, but she refused to let me give it back, and instead drove away, saying that she hoped I got dry soon.

I’ve never seen her again since that day, but I still have that umbrella. If you’re reading this, thank you for backtracking just to give someone already completely soaked the means to stay dry in the future!

Fail To The Bus Driver

, , , | Learning | April 15, 2018

(I usually drop my younger brother off at his bus stop when I have the chance. On this particular morning, the school bus hasn’t shown up. However, a strange bus sped by a few minutes ago. My brother starts to get worried, thinking it might have been a substitute driver who didn’t recognize the stop, despite the students waiting with backpacks on the sidewalk. When it’s clear that his school bus really isn’t coming, I call the bus service.)

Me: “Hi, my brother’s bus hasn’t arrived yet, and there are several kids waiting. It’s bus [regular number].”

Employee: “Let me check on that.”

(Hold ensues.)

Employee: “You have a substitute bus today: [different number]. The driver said he already made that stop and there was no one there.”

Me: “Wait, did you say [different number]? It drove through without stopping!”

Employee: “I’m sorry, but it’s already on its way to the school. There’s nothing I can do.”

Me: *sighing* “It’s okay; I’ll just drive my brother to school. There are still other kids here, though. I don’t know what they’ll do.”

Employee: “Uh… The bus will be there in five minutes.”

Siri Should Answer Every Unreasonable Customer Ever

, , | Toledo, OH, USA | Friendly Right | January 25, 2018

 

Throwback ThursdaysThrowback Thursday!  Here’s an awesome story you may not have seen before.  In the comments, share with us your favorite tale of technology frustrations!

 

(I approach the bus stop to find an old man yelling at his iPhone. This is more or less what goes down.)

Old Man: “Da** it, what bus goes home?”

Siri: “I don’t know your home address.”

Old Man: “WHAT BUS GOES HOME?!”

Siri: “I don’t know your home address.”

Old Man: “WHAT BUS TAKES ME TO MY GOD-D*** HOUSE?!”

Siri: “I don’t know your home address. Tap your name to add it.”

Old Man: “No, you’ll steal it!”

Siri: “Who, me?”

Old Man: “YES, YOU!”

Siri: “And you.”

Old Man: “ANSWER MY QUESTION, YOU WORTHLESS PIECE OF JUNK!”

Siri: “Well… I’m still here for you.”

Old Man: *yells in frustration*

Siri: “What’s that again?”

(Without warning, the old man chucked the phone across the street and stamped off down the sidewalk.)

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I Am 17, Going On 15…

, , , | Right | August 28, 2017

(I am a bus driver.)

Customer: “One child’s ticket to [location].”

Me: “How old are you?”

Customer: “Fifteen.”

Me: “Full fare, please.”

Customer: “I’M 15 YOU F****** B****** S*** HEAD! HOW DARE YOU SAY I’M OLDER THAN I AM?! I SHOULD HAVE YOU DONE FOR DISCRIMINATION! I WANT FREE TRAVEL NOW!”

Me: *calmly points to the “Happy 17th Birthday” badge on her top*

Customer: *blushes*

Me: “So, full fare?”

Customer: “Yeah…”

Exactly Where Did She Grow Up

, , , , | Friendly | August 25, 2017

Woman #1: *American accent* “Hey! May I just ask you what you are doing?”

Me: “Waiting for a bus.”

Woman #1: “Really?! And what do you do?”

Me: “To wait for a bus?”

(She nods.)

Me: “You… just stand around, waiting.”

(She looks at me really enthusiastically, and then moves on to questions like, is it a hobby, how long do people wait, and if “bus” [with actual air quotes] is some sort of animal native to the UK. After a few minutes another woman appears and tells her they’re leaving. The first woman shakes my hand and she joins her group. The other woman stays behind to talk to me.)

Woman #2: “Sorry about that, she’s had quite a… closed childhood, and not everything is quite there. She seems to think even the most mundane thing over here is strange and exotic. Thank you, though, for entertaining her. Most people have just walked away, acting really offended.”

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