A short time ago I posted this question about a situation that presented itself to me. I was interested to see what you would do. For the most part everyone said much the same thing and you were all correct.
This is what happened to me.
It was 4:30pm, that’s one hour after the off peak passes stop and I had a group of about 6 youths all with those scratch off day tickets. Now on those the times are stated and to be totally sure I asked one of my passengers today if I could have a closer look at hers. This was done just as a research thing as I don’t often get to have a good look at them they just flash past. The off peak one that I looked at is a totally different colour to the regular ones and has the words off peak clearly at the top.
Now with these 6 youths they had all held their tickets at the top covering the off peak part and were hoping that I wouldn’t notice or care. Ah but I do! They had failed to notice that the colors are different as well and when I stopped them the tried and trusted “It’s in date driver” bellowed out from them.
“It may be in date but it is an off peak one and we are now in the peak times” I had had this argument many times and I knew what the next line was going to be.
“Cant you let us off this once driver all the other ones do.”
“That may be the case sir, but I am not the other ones and it is now 4:30pm that is over an hour into the peak time.”
By now the rest of the bus was getting a little annoyed with this chap and from the back of the bus I heard someone yell
“Just pay the fare or get off you moron”
Not what I was expecting at all. Usually it’s me that gets yelled at in these situations. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. A passenger was standing up for me. My only worry was this had the potential to turn into a fight on the step of the bus and that was not something that I wanted to happen at all. Then the man decided that the gents on the platform needed an extra incentive to get off or pay and got up. Oh boy was he big.
Now six vs. one is not good odds but when you look like this guy it’s not a problem. He had the attitude and presence to match it as he came down the bus. Five of the six took one look at him and left very quickly and I think that was the wise choice given the fact that the man looked like he could break a wall down with his little finger.
“You gonna make me?” He said. He did sound a little scared though and I was starting to sink a little lower in my seat.
“No” said the man mountain “I am going to ask you nicely once more to do what the driver asked and pay the fare or get off. If you don’t then I will escort you off the bus” All this was said with a small polite smile. I think the smile said more that the man could possible say with words.
“Err” Now he sounded very worried “Ill get off thanks” and he made to get off the bus.
“You are forgetting something” Man mountain said
“Oh yeah right, I am very sorry for wasting your time driver. It won’t happen again.”
WOW this almost made me fall out of my seat. He had actually apologized to me. This was totally amazing and had never happened before. He then got off the bus and I was able to close the doors and carry on my way.
Shortly after I moved away there arose from the rest of the passengers a round of applause and a small cheer and I asked the gentleman what made him do that.
“I used to be a bouncer at a nightclub and can’t stand those sort of idiots. I am also very tired and just want to go home.”
“Well thank you anyway sir you have been a great help”
I was totally amazed. Nobody had every stepped in to help me out before and it was a great surprise one that I am not likely to forget for quite a while.