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Old 02-12-2010, 06:14 AM
 
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Soldier going overseas in a few days and was able to come home during an extended{few days} layover at ATL [traveling w/ battle buddy who wanted to stop to see family so my soldier could come up this way, too]

Greyhound was the cheapest way and not too bad- just the 7 hour drive (would have been 4-5 doing a self drive)

Tickets purchased online hours before departure. Travel alert was on site displaying ALL affected routes. They were all up north so nothing to worry about for Atlanta to Salisbury, NC....sunny 50 degrees! No snow or ice.

Next morning when appeared at window to get ticket- nothing was said.
When arrived at first stop- nothing was said.
When arrived at second stop-nothing.
When arrived at Charlotte NC-nothing was said. Soldier waited by the bus for the 20 minute layover. Driver didn't come back.

30 minutes later the driver came back saying it was going to be at least another 2 hours....why? Snow in NY.

The soldier's stop was just 30 minutes up the road.... New York?

The bus was to arrive at 3:55pm and the party started at 5pm...."going away" - place rented, food, family/friends.

So when the bus driver said it would be at least 2 more hours...maybe more, that would put arrival at 6:30pm.

Taxi!!!!

$110 for the taxi.

A request for a refund for (at minimum the unused portion) the ticket was requested via online form.

The issue is that the snow in NY has been there for over a week so is no surprise. If Charlotte was affected it should have been disclosed on the list with the "norther" cities.
And if Greyhound would have just disclosed the delay up front- a ticket wouldn't have been purchased. Or if they would have disclosed Charlotte was the last stop on schedule, Charlotte could have been the destination and someone could have driven down- avoid taxi fare.



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Old 02-12-2010, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I feel your pain but when you travel, especially by bus this is the risk you take
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:03 PM
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Location: Eureka CA
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Thousands of people have been inconvenienced by the Snowmaggedon. These things happen when you travel. Hope your soldier enjoyed his visit anyway.
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:28 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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That OP story sounds familiar to me.

During the Korea conflict 1950/51 winter a few got leave prior to going to Japan.

One guy in our outfit was home only three days due to the weather. During those three days he married his high school sweetheart (still in school)...had his honeymoon and she got pregnant in those three days. Top that off he was also delayed on returning to base and phoned for a delayed return date. Some months later while in Japan he became a father of a boy.

Isn't love grand?

Steve
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