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post #1 of 14
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It like 90 degrees here today (30 C) and instead of walking the 20 minutes home I figured I'd take the bus. The man who got on with me sat down and opened the window, though the A/C was clearly on and felt GREAT.

So. The driver started to pull away and said "Sir could you shut the window, it's too hot for that" (She was right, and this particular window was the closest one to her). He ignored her, she said it again, and then I said, thinking he hadn't heard her "She wants you to shut the window".

He said "No" turned to her and said "NO!" No explanation or anything, just a three-year-old refusal.

So she stopped the bus, pulled over, and opened the doors. She was obviously not moving until he shut the window... and he pulled out a drawing kit and started working on this canvas he had with him. So the driver pulled out the phone and called her super. I sat there a minute thinking she'd give up, but no, a security guard came.

I got off the bus and started walking at that point, but I could still see them sitting there about 10 minutes later.

So now I'm all gross and sweaty, and there's an ozone action day so I'm not supposed to be outside with my asthma anyway, and I was wheezing by the time I got home.

What a jerk, man. This was one of those things where it was so absurd you don't even know how to react, like the man who came in our store with a lit stick of incense in his mouth. You think you're dreaming. The man next to me even asked me if he was deaf (like, he culdn't possibly be doing this on purpose) I replied loudly that no, he knows, he's just refusing to do it.

The bus was full too, so this guy held up a bunch of people because he felt like having his window open (for no good reason that I can figure). I mean, when you ride the bus you know the rule is you have to listen to the driver (even though she did maybe over-react a little).

Anyone else have the bus rider blues?
post #2 of 14
that's insane, I probably would have reached over him and shut the dang window myself hope you can find some other air conditioning to relax in!
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
The bus was full too, so this guy held up a bunch of people because he felt like having his window open (for no good reason that I can figure). I mean, when you ride the bus you know the rule is you have to listen to the driver (even though she did maybe over-react a little).

Anyone else have the bus rider blues?
Perhaps he is claustophobic but wanted some air conditioning

That stinks though. No I don't want the bus blues because I wouldn't touch most of them (around here) with a 10 foot pole. They're something less than desirable to ride on. I really wish we had a more effective (and clean) public transportation system other than cars.
post #4 of 14
What a weird guy that was!
post #5 of 14
I hope the security people gave him a talking to.
That's absurd.
post #6 of 14
You know, I'm not even sure the bus driver DID over-react. I think she was absolutely right to call for security and refuse to move. Yes, it inconvenienced a bunch of people, in more than one way, but I think there's a place for making the point that what the driver says goes. If only one person on that bus gets that point now, who didn't before, then the public transit system will be that much safer. This was a relatively small thing, but who knows when there might be a lot more at stake.

Hope you got to a more comfortable place and are feeling less stressed now.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for sympathizing everyone!

Yea, I'm home in my air conditioned shady apartment now and I've done my medicine so I can breathe again.

I am definitely on the bus driver's side on this one, although I probably would have said "Close the window or I'll call security" or just "Get off the bus now"... although on second thought who knows how a stranger will react to that, especially one like this guy. He was just off enough to be scary.

I have been trying to figure it out, what possible reason he had for doing this... he didn't seem claustrophobic or any other kind of thing. He also sat in the elderly/handicap seats and took up two of them with his crap. There just doesn't seem like any kind of good reason.
post #8 of 14
Sounds like he's just one cracker short of a box. How creepy
post #9 of 14
The wierd thing is...nowadays...you have to be careful that somebody like that does`nt pull a gun and just start shooting!
Would have served him right if everyone on the bus would have stood up a ONE and forced him off the bus!
What a selfish jerk!
Linda
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
It like 90 degrees here today (30 C) and instead of walking the 20 minutes home I figured I'd take the bus. The man who got on with me sat down and opened the window, though the A/C was clearly on and felt GREAT.

So. The driver started to pull away and said "Sir could you shut the window, it's too hot for that" (She was right, and this particular window was the closest one to her). He ignored her, she said it again, and then I said, thinking he hadn't heard her "She wants you to shut the window".

He said "No" turned to her and said "NO!" No explanation or anything, just a three-year-old refusal.

So she stopped the bus, pulled over, and opened the doors. She was obviously not moving until he shut the window... and he pulled out a drawing kit and started working on this canvas he had with him. So the driver pulled out the phone and called her super. I sat there a minute thinking she'd give up, but no, a security guard came.

I got off the bus and started walking at that point, but I could still see them sitting there about 10 minutes later.

So now I'm all gross and sweaty, and there's an ozone action day so I'm not supposed to be outside with my asthma anyway, and I was wheezing by the time I got home.

What a jerk, man. This was one of those things where it was so absurd you don't even know how to react, like the man who came in our store with a lit stick of incense in his mouth. You think you're dreaming. The man next to me even asked me if he was deaf (like, he culdn't possibly be doing this on purpose) I replied loudly that no, he knows, he's just refusing to do it.

The bus was full too, so this guy held up a bunch of people because he felt like having his window open (for no good reason that I can figure). I mean, when you ride the bus you know the rule is you have to listen to the driver (even though she did maybe over-react a little).

Anyone else have the bus rider blues?
Oh YEAH. I hear ya! Saturday, and I'm going to see my dad via Metro. These two obnoxious jerks in the back are talking at the top of their lungs about dogfighting. They're not defending it or anything, just talking about it in re the story about Ving Rhames' dogs killing a man who was at his house (news story). They were f-ing and blinding and I really, really do not like this, nor do I want to sit and be forced to listen to conversation about dogfighting! But I didn't do anything about it, like take it up with the driver or anything, because I'm sure he heard it, too, and if he didn't think it was a problem, I didn't think my talking to him about it was going to improve matters. All the same, though, it sure did bug me!
post #11 of 14
Oooohh... I always wondered why some buses had their windows literally bolted shut. I feel pretty bad for what some bus drivers have to deal with; loud cell phone talkers, parents who are helpless to quiet a wailing child, idiosyncratic cursing (you know, the type that swears every other word), people who bring 200lbs of junk that eat up 4 seats, bomb threats, drunkards, etc.
post #12 of 14
ouch, that sucks.
there are times that being a big ugly biker dude, comes in useful.
post #13 of 14
Oh I am right there with you! I take public transit every day. Friday there was a man and a woman who seemed to have just met on the bus. Both were discussing their addictions, one was meth, the other alcohol. That was okay. THEN, they start talking about how long it has been since they have had sex and when would be a good time to start (not supposed to have relationships until a year into recovery). They sat directly across from me. It was icky.

Last weekend there were two young boys, maybe 13 years old, screaming out the bus windows at everyone. Not one of the 10 other people on the bus did anything. After about 10 minutes I had enough and told them both they need to settle down and remember they are in a public place. They told me to shut up because I wasn't the driver. I responded by saying the driver wasn't doing anything so someone had to. Two women clapped then. After I got off the bus, the driver decided to kick the two boys off - at the same stop I was at! Idiot. Now they know where I live. Cannot believe people.

I usually just try to find my happy place if someone is annoying me. Other times, it is just too much.
post #14 of 14
I´m so sorry for you...
I hate this kind of people that DON´T think in the others around they!...

once happen to me that one but with rain! it wasn´t copiosy rain but it was a anoy stuff and I decide to move from my sit!...what a jerk!
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