One of a bus drivers pet hates is parking.
No not parking the bus but other road users parking at the bus stop. Now some I can understand. The securicor van, for example, they have a limited time to get in and out of the place they are delivering to before an alarm goes off and the men with big guns turn up. Others though are just selfish and those are the ones that I cannot stand parking on the bus stop. How difficult is it to see the big letters on the road saying “Bus Stop”
Anyway, I had the wonderful pleasure of seeing justice served one sunny morning.
I was sitting at the terminus waiting for my scheduled departure time when I yuppie in a bright red Audi A3 screeched to a halt about 200 yards down the road at a very clearly marked bus stop. He stopped his car at almost 90 degrees to the kerb and about 3 foot from his front bumper to the pavement. Yeah he stopped it. He jumped out and swaggered with a “Yeah whos gonna mess with me” attitude over to the cash point to get a wedge of cash. Well he was going to need it. He had stopped his car about 3 foot away from a parking attendent who was being escorted on his rounds by a full uniformed police officer. Yeah thats right the chap had parked both badly and illegaly infront of a parking warden and a police officer. I couldnt wait to see what happened next.
The officer started talking into his radio and the warden started doing his thing with the ticket computer. Just as the ticket was being printed the chap finished with the cash point and swaggered back over to his car, totally ignoring the warden and the officer, only to be stopped by the officer.
Sadly i was too far away to hear what was being said but from the way the chap was waving his arms around he wasnt too happy that his wonderful effort at parking had been rewarded with all this attention. Well it was about to get worse.
The tow truck arrived. Yup the officer had been calling for the local tow truck to come and take this car away! When the driver saw this his arm movement became frantic and he started waving the wedge of cash that he had just gotten out of the cash point in the officers face. Bad Move! The officer was not impressed and started reaching for his cuffs. I guess he had been having a bad day and this was the final straw.
While this was going on the tow truck driver was very calmly attaching the lifting rig to the car and waited for the signal to lift the car away. This he did as soon as the officer went for the cuffs.
Justice was served. For parking at a bus stop. Loss of car.
For waving cash in an police officers face. Big fine
Sadly this gentleman now needed to get a bus. I think you can see what happened next.
Yup, he got on mine. Or rather he tried to. He had no change and only £20 notes. He tried the pity vote “Ive just had my car towed away and I have no change”
“Sorry sir its exact change only or I cant let you travel. You can put the £20 in if you want but that is your choice”
“Oh man” **sigh** “I really need to get there now though” **searches pockets one last time** “Damn it” **folds up £20 note and places it in the cash chute** “£1.50 please mate”
Ouch thats one expensive ticket. Parking fine, Tow fee, Storage fee, Release fee, and last but not least the bus ticket.
I saw the man later on in the week. He had got his car back and this time he managed to avoid parking on the bus stop and found a parking bay to use!