You Are A Car, I Am A Bus: Your Move

, , , , | Legal | February 3, 2019

My stepmom is a bus driver. One day she’s driving in a village where she has to make a tight right-hand turn into a one-way street. While she’s halfway into this manoeuvre a car comes down this one-way street, completely ignoring all road traffic legislations.

The driver, a man, is signing to my stepmom that she needs to get out of his way. But my stepmom has seen this behaviour many times before and isn’t going to reverse the bus. She’s inching forward while this man does the same. Soon they are bumper to bumper. The man starts honking and getting more and more aggravated.

My stepmom turns off the bus engine and tells the passengers they’re going to be a bit late.

The passengers are fine with it, telling my stepmom she can take as long as she needs.

The man gets out of the car and begins banging on the window. My stepmom calls the traffic controller asking them to call the police. By now, the road in which the back of the bus still is is completely blocked with cars, a few tractors, and a truck. The truck driver goes to check what’s the problem.

He tells the driver of the car, that’s by now trying to get into the bus, that he has to move. The man starts lunging at the truck driver. Police arrive and the man immediately tries to hit them, too. He’s arrested on the spot. A policeman moves the car and my stepmom, with all passengers, can move on.

She later heard the man thought the rules didn’t apply to him and it wasn’t the first time he’d done this. He lost his driver’s license over this latest episode and he had to pay a fine to the truck driver for assault.

A Bus Full Of Knee-Jerks

, , , , , , | Legal | January 16, 2019

A few days before this story happened, I injured my knee and had to use a cane to walk for a week. I got on a bus and sat in one of the reserved seats.

A woman, maybe in her sixties, got on a few stops after me and immediately demanded that I give her my seat. I told her that I was sorry, but that I was unable to do so because of my injured knee.

The woman, as well as most of the people in the bus, thought I was lying, even when I showed my cane. I received some very rude comments from the people in the bus, but I tried to ignore them and pointed out that it would be quite stupid for me to go out with a cane and pretend that I was injured just to avoid giving my seat.

A middle-aged man, who was with the woman, got angry and lifted me from my seat. Without my cane, I couldn’t stand on my own and immediately fell to the floor.

That was the moment that everyone realised I was not lying. The bus stopped, but the driver wouldn’t let anyone off. I was furious; not only had I been taken for a liar, but I had hurt my chin and hit my injured knee during the fall, so I ignored their apologies and called the police on them. They were livid, and they offered me money not to call the police on them, but I was so angry, I still called them.

I had to get stitches in my chin and had to use the cane for an extra week.

Long story short: the woman was not charged, but the man was, and he had to spend a few months in prison.

Unfiltered Story #136296

, | Unfiltered | January 8, 2019

My friend and I have been working in a summer camp and have 3 weeks left on our visas to travel. We decide to take the bus from Chicago to SanFrancisco as it was cheaper than flying and we thought we could see some more of the USA instead of just flying over it.

Almost at the end of our journey, a man sits behind us at the back of the bus and strikes up random conversations about travelling before this:

Man: hey.. Do you use deodorant?

Me: (suddenly feeling self conscious because we had been on a bus for 2 days without a shower) yes! I put some on not long ago actually. It’s been a long two days.. I’ll be so glad to shower!

Man: don’t you know that using deodorant causes cancer?! You just don’t know how dangerous that stuff is!

(He then proceeds to give us a good 20 minute lecture on the dangers of deodorant and that it’s a conspiracy of the government and that we will all die young. Finally, we pull up to a rest stop and stands to get out)

Man: Oh good, I’ve been dying for a cigarette!

Trying To Reason With Them Is Very Taxing

, , , , , , | Friendly | January 6, 2019

(A coworker and I are on the bus home. This coworker is American and holds some political views that are very unusual in the EU. We are talking about tax in Britain which he considers to be too high.)

Me: “But you get quite a lot in return for it. The NHS for example.”

Coworker: “I just don’t believe in taxes.”

Me: “I get that you think they are too high, but you have to believe in some level of taxation.”

Coworker: “No, I don’t believe in any taxes at all.”

Me: “Didn’t you used to work for the army?”

(Another passenger sitting nearby starts sniggering.)

Coworker: “Well, I believe in taxes for defence, but not for anything else!”

Me: “Did you go to a public school?”

Coworker: “Yes, but…”

Me: “Do you drive on public roads?”

Coworker: “If there were no taxes people would set these things up for themselves.”

(Who knew Republicans are apparently anarchists?)

Informative About The Current State Of Humanity

, , , , | Romantic | January 2, 2019

(I am on a bus when I overhear these bits and pieces of a conversation between a man and his girlfriend. Apparently the man has bought a children’s ticket — don’t know what for — for himself and is now angry that he’ll have to pay a fine. Apparently it’s really unclear that a man in his 30s probably doesn’t qualify for a children’s ticket. And then he says this gem:)

Man: “It’s not my fault I don’t inform myself!”

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