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This was not my typical bus ride to work

Nov 11, 2018

I was waiting for the bus that takes me to work. The rain was starting to come down, so I was glad when I saw the bus pulling up.  As it slowed to a near stop right in front of me, the doors didn't open.  It started turning away. So I knocked on the door of the bus. But the driver didn't respond at all.  She kept her eyes straight ahead toward the road as I continued to knock on the door. Finally, the door opened.  "What happened?" I asked, showing my annoyance.  But she wasn't taking any shit from me. "When the bus pulled up, you stepped away.  So I assumed you weren't taking the bus."

Maybe I took a small step back as the bus approached in order to avoid getting splashed, but why was she ignoring me when I was knocking on the door?  I took my seat and let it go.

About 20 minutes later the bus was arriving to the City College stop.  I was the last person on the bus, and  I thought about saying something to her as I left.  Maybe it didn't make sense to stir things up.  Then again, if she's passive aggressive with people riding the bus, maybe someone should say something. 

When I walked up to the front of the bus and the doors opened, I said "When I was knocking at the door and you were ignoring me, you know that wasn't right."   She said "Well the bus is not permitted to open the door once it leaves the bus stop."    I said "How do you think that made me feel to have the bus pulling away as I'm knocking on the door?"  She said "Well how do you think it made me feel when you're knocking on the door and I'm not allowed to open it."

Maybe that was true. "Well, I could see that," I said. I felt the mood start to soften.  "Look," she said, "I didn't want to mess up your day."

I said "I can see it from your point of view."  She said, "Give me your hand." With my hand in hers she said, "I hope you have a great day."  I said "You too". And as I was walking down the little steps of the bus I said "I'm sorry."  "No," she said, "I'm sorry."

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