Ah music, if you are a regular reader of this blog then you will probably realize that people playing music is one of my pet hates. It happens quite a lot and it is very rare that someone will have enough courage to step up and say something. In the last couple of weeks I have had o deal with it more often than usual.
The first time was a fairly simple request that just showed how easy it is for a driver.
It was a fairly normal morning for me and I was sitting at a stop having arrived a couple of minutes early when a young girl who had been sitting at the stop decided that she wanted to get on. I had been sitting there and was well aware of the music that had been blaring out of her phone and as soon as she stepped onto the bus I said “would you mind either switching your music off or plugging your headphones in please”
“Oh sorry driver” she said and reached in her bad and produced a set of headphones. That is probably the best response that I have ever had. She wasn’t rude, didn’t swear at anyone and was very understanding.
Sadly, more often than not I get the other side of the coin. I get the loud, rude and annoying youths playing music at high volume and making life miserable for other passengers. It came to a head on one of my late night runs when a passenger came down to me from the upper deck and complained. I couldn’t hear anything in the cab because o the rattling but as soon as I stopped the bus and got out I could hear it as clear as anything.
“Ok show me who it I and I will have a word” I said to the passenger. They showed me to two young lads of no more than 20 with a phone hooked up to a set of speakers.
“Can you turn that off or out some headphones in please” I asked
“We just chillin drive” said one. I think they were trying to be ‘gangsta’
“I can understand that but I have had a complaint from another passenger about the music so I am asking you again to either turn it off or put some headphones on”
“aint got no ‘phones driv”
Oh god here we go, they are not going to like this.
“Well then I am afraid you will have to turn it of” somehow I was still able to be nice to them.
‘aint gonna turn nothing off so f**k off and drive the bus d8****d”
“If you don’t turn your music off then this bus will go nowhere and if you continue to swear at me like that I will call the police.” I hate it when it gets this bad
“Look drive, we aint gonna turn it off so f**k off back to the wheel and get us to where we want to go” like swearing at me was ever going to work.
“OK gentlemen” I am still managing to be polite, just. ‘This is the last time I am going to ask you. Please turn your music off for the rest of your journey or get off the bus and catch another”
And with that comment I had enough. I didn’t say anything to them and went back downstairs and said to everyone there “I am very sorry about this but I am going to have to call the police out to deal with them, I apologize for the delay” and got into the cab to use the radio. Just as I shut the door one of the ads came down and started swearing t me again demanding that I carry on
“He won’t move the bus until you get off” yelled one of the passengers.
“bzzzz come in drive, emergency call” spat the radio,
“control I have two youths refusing to turn their music off after I asked them three times and they have been very aggressive towards myself and are about to start on the passengers”
“bzzzz roger police are on their way”
“There was no need for that driv” yelled on of the lads as he started moving towards me.
“bzzz driver the police have been notified and are on their way”
“Oh driv, we didn’t mean it” the lad said with an ashen face
“You left me no choice” I said while thinking it sounded like you meant it to me “you can explain everything to the police when they get here”
“Look we will turn the music off”
“And keep it off until you get off?” I asked
“Ok ill stop the police, but if I hear anything I will stop the bus again and that time I won’t stop the police”
“Fair enough” he said with a long face and went back upstairs to tell his mate
So I waited for their music to stop and as soon as it did I was back on my way. I did call control back and stop the police from attending but I also put out a description of the lads so the other drivers would know what to expect from them.