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Old 07-21-2017, 10:46 AM
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Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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Be polite to the driver.
Cut the driver some slack. He has to keep his attention on what is important. Keeping you and others safe while driving. Diverting his driving attention for "how to get there" and keeping passengers seated as much as possible is dangerous.
I understand why Ralph Kramden was always yelling at his wife and scheming to do something big.
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Old 07-21-2017, 12:49 PM
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Location: Eureka CA
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I have not had any bad experiences with bus drivers. I have had wonderful experiences with Gray Line drivers. I was on a Gray Line tour of Denver years ago and there were only either of us on the bus. He improvised and took us to places not on the tour, including driving us past his own house! Best tour ever.
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Old 07-23-2017, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
Have you came across a rude, arrogant bus driver? If so, can you share your experience?

I haven't been in a bus in 7 years. So I'm not aware how things work today as they're run by smart cards. All I did was waved the card in front of the machine, and the bus driver yelled at me, saying, "you don't wave it, you hold it against the thing!", mocking the way I waved it. I simply told him that I haven't used these cards before and he blabbered something, where then I told to "show some manners" and exited. I felt really humiliated in front of other passengers. This is my first time driving in a bus after that hiatus and this is what I get.

A lot of people complain about rude bus services here in Sydney. And they have had worse, more humiliating and aggressive experiences than me (insults, violent assaults, etc). Pretty sad.
I am from Houston and we have a metro here. I also swipe/wave instead of hold it closer to the terminal.

But I emphathize with those folks and don't mind if they are pissed off . Its tough driving back and forth for on traffic and many of them are overweight also. Hence I always say Hello and thank you .
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Old 07-23-2017, 07:31 PM
Location: 49th parallel
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I think the bigger the city, the worse tempers the drivers have -- and that probably has to do with the hundreds of people who get on and do stupid things. Once or twice or ten times probably the guy manages to answer politely, but there is always the driver who's having a bad day, or just had a fight with his wife, etc. In short, they're all human. However, this does not excuse deliberate making fun of anyone who clearly doesn't know how to use the ticket machinery. We've all been there.

I'd like to put in my vote for the most polite bus drivers and system in the U.S. - Bellingham, Washington. They always have a smile for you, any idiot still gets a polite explanation. Admittedly it's not a big city but it is a city with a full-fledged transit system. The closest any Bellingham driver has come to exasperation was one time when a driver had to brake hard at a bus stop because the guy had remained sitting down in the shelter and only waved his hand as the driver was passing the stop. The driver said to the guy as he got on, "You need to be standing up, man. We gotta be able to see you."
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