The Time Cost Of A Dollar

, , , , , | Right | August 13, 2019

I’m at a bus stop with several other people waiting for a bus that’s a couple of minutes late. Our bus tickets cost $1.25, and we can pay by a variety of passes, student cards, or cash. Cash is the most troublesome due to coin rejections and dollar bills having to be smooth enough to actually go in the machine’s pay slot.

One of the waiting women keeps looking down the road impatiently, sighing, glaring around, and muttering about the bus being late, etc.

After a few more minutes of waiting, the bus finally arrives. The impatient woman makes sure she gets on first, with me and a line of other passengers behind her waiting to board. 

Then, only after getting on, the impatient woman proceeds to pull out a super-extra crumpled-up dollar bill from somewhere on her person and to slowly and carefully uncrumple and straighten it out so she can put it in the machine. 

I, and all the people in line behind me, stare at her in disbelief while we’re all forced to wait to get on. It takes her at minimum three minutes to uncrumple that miserable dollar bill and manage to successfully put it in the machine, along with her multiple coins. She won’t move aside to let anyone else board the bus while she is doing this.

Unsurprisingly, the bus is significantly late to all our destinations.

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