Sunday, December 06, 2009

GET A FUCKIN' ABORTION !

I was driving the good ol' 18 route and had a pretty full bus. There was this loser...I mean guy..in the back area on his cell phone. He was obviously upset. He was getting loud and seemed to be arguing with some girl. Since he wasn't annoyingly loud (louder than basic conversation) I was waiting for him to cuss. I knew he would. Then, all of the sudden, he got very loud and said "I want you to get a fuckin' abortion. THAT'S what I WANT!"

That was my cue. It had gone beyond the comfort zone, in more ways than one, for everyone on the bus. I got on the microphone and said sternly " Hey, Hey! We don't mind cell phones on the bus, but if you want to cuss you'll have to get off!" He apologized and toned it down.

Note to this guy...and those like him....the bus is not your personal Jerry Springer stage! People don't want to deal with your personal and/or domestic problems!! Save it until you get off the bus. Better yet...keep it at home!!

3 Comments:

Anonymous annami said...

I wish the busdrivers in Sweden would då the same if someone was being to loud. Me, myself, I do not go on the bus without my Ipod!! Wonder why...

6:06 AM  
Blogger Jeanne Ree said...

Annami - I've had many customers thank me and say they wish other drivers would do what I do. Some routes, you'd be spending more time babysitting passengers than driving the bus. I usually just do it when it seems overly loud or if other passengers seem to be annoyed.

10:01 PM  
Blogger keesa said...

Sorry to keep telling bus stories on your blog, but this reminded me of a trip on the 14.

I was headed north on the 14, down broadway. I'm in the back of the bus with this guy and two loud young ladies with him. One of them is apparently his new girlfriend.

At one stop a third gal gets on (Newbie), sees the, comes to the back of the bus and starts cussing them all out.

Apparently she had been dating this guy recently and was not happy to see him with his new lady friend. Newbie wanted to fight the girlfriend.

Now, during this exchange a few additional factors came out: 1) he had just gotten out of jail. Newbie kept reminding him that, if he touched her she would have him sent back to jail. 2) Newbie was pregnant (the father is unknown to me - don't think it was guy-on-the-bus).

Anyway, as we are going they get louder and more agressive. She is screaming and swearing and everyone is watching.

Mind you, the bus was packed so they had to stand in the middle of the aisle in the back. (Though, as we continued to drive people kept moving to the front so that they had the entire rear area to play out their Jerry Springer scene).

Anyway, at one point the guy sat down and the pregnant-Newbie lunged and girlfriend. I was still in the back of the bus at this point. Boyfriend shoved Newbie into my lap (it is at this point when I made a beeline for the front). They kept their tossling.

Now, to all us passengers it seems the driver is just continuing his route. He hasn't said a thing to these people and we are all getting frustrated. One of the ladies says 'why don't you do something?' and the driver informs us that he has, in fact, called the police and that they will be meeting us shortly.

Though I regret this decision, I got off the bus at the next stop. I was shaken up and decided to walk the extra 10 blocks than continue to watch the scene play out. I now wish I had stayed on to tell the police what happened - though I suspect there are a lot of other witnesses.

Anyway, I think the driver did a good job. Though I wish he had told us the police were coming sooner - I understand wanting to keep that a secret in order to prevent the fighters from getting off (so they could get caught).

I feel so bad for drivers when people decide that the bus is their personal space - and a space in which their personal issues can be played out. It isn't the driver's responsibility to babysit, but so often they have to. Hats off to metro transit!

9:37 AM  

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