Here is the daily ritual that I and other bus commuters endure and its all to do with out-of-peak-hour-tickets:
(1) On jumps victim-of-society (VOS).
(2) Out comes the ticket.
(4) “duh!” says VOS in amazement (usually feigned because he/she always
trys it on).
(5) Bus driver politely (where do these guys get the patience from!)
informs VOS … blah! Blah! Blah!
(6) VOS “duh” and looks around sheepishly but stays put.
(7) Bus driver again politely … blah!blah!blah!
If we are lucky VOS gets off the bus. Unfortunately VOS thinks he’s/she’s got some money and starts to scratch around for it. In the meantime, on a hot, sticky bus, people are starting to shift uncomfortably in their seats.
If we are really unlucky, as happened to me recently, VOS simply causes chaos! Three VOSs got on my bus at departure time. Beep-beep-beep ritual. ” Duh ritual” x 3. Driver tells them to talk to the Interchange Bus Manager, no doubt hoping to get them off so he can shut the door.
One VOS goes off. But smart VOS stays in the middle of the door entrance so the bus can’t move and the other just stands there picking at his face.
The leader VOS then finds a $50 note and the driver, who has just about lost it, tries to find the change. He finds the change but the bus can’t go because the negotiating VOS isn’t back from the Interchange HQ.
I estimate my bus was held up for 10 minutes because of these clowns. For the life of me I can’t see why ACTION doesn’t let these people on for free? Delays would be reduced. Tensions subside. I’m sure most bus commuters would be more than happy to subsidise the free ride of the … less fortunate. Anything, anything to avoid that unavoidable, routine, predictable, ghastly, day in, day out – beep! beep! beep – “duh!”.
[ED – One suspects that if the scam worked on a regular basis no-one would ever pay at all]