I was on the bus today, coming back from the fastest trip into town I have ever made, and the bus pulled away from the bus stop leaving two women who had just run for the bus banging on the windows like we were in a horror movie.
Now, before the age of health and safety was ushered in, it used to be that a bus driver could let you on and off the bus pretty much wherever he fancied. It didn’t have to be at a bus stop. I’ve seen people get off in middle of roads before now. And people have got onto the buses once they’ve left the bus stops before. It used to be fine.
But now, in this blame-everyone-but-yourself-for-being-a-dickhead and claim culture, buses can’t do that. You have to get on and off at a designated stop. Because otherwise the bus company is liable for any damage which may befall you because you have chosen to take your life into your hands and embark or disembark in a non-designated area.
And that’s what happened this morning. The bus had pulled away from the stop. It had not particularly made it any distance down the road, but the doors were away from the bus stop. And so the angry women couldn’t get on the bus and, in some ways, that served as good practice for us all if we’re ever caught up in a zombie apocalypse because I can imagine there would be similar scenes (assuming, of course, that during said apocalypse there’s still a public transport network – I admit, they struggle on a normal day so I’m not hopeful).
But what happened amused me.
One of the women went to the front of the bus and took a picture with her mobile phone.
Not of the bus driver, or the bus ID number. Of the route number on the front of the bus. You could tell from quite severe angle she held her phone at that she wasn’t particularly getting much else in the picture. Just the route number and destination.
Of the bus she was going to catch.
Well done, Mrs Lady. When you submit your complaint that you won’t do you were just hoping that you pulling out your mobile phone would scare the driver into letting you on, you’ll be able to include a photograph that shows you were wanting to catch the 328 bus. Something which, in your letter when you do complain, you’d probably put in the first couple of lines: “On Wednesday 22nd May I went to catch the 328 bus…” for example. But hey, at least now you can include a picture of the sign as proof of that.
It’s great that this age of smart phones allows us to capture things on camera in situations like this.
It’d probably be better if, to go with the smart phones, we had smarter users as well.