This is the final post in the series. Please read A Typical Morning and A Typical Afternoon before you read this one. I hope you enjoy them all.
5pm Ah well away I go again for the night shift I wonder what today will bring. My bus is late again and it looks like I am going to have to spend a few hours playing catch up.
Sorry sir you still cannot use your Off Peak ticket until after 6pm, no sir shouting at me that you need to get home won’t make a difference. Its still only 5:10 and you have to wait until 6 or pay the fare. No sir swearing at me won’t help either.
Yikes traffic jam from hell has just made me over 20 minutes late and I am going to face the wrath of the annoyed passenger.
Yes sir that’s right I sat just around the corner for 40 minutes just to annoy you. At least I have made up 5 mins. Oh my god yet another traffic jam and that’s set me back another 10 mins I think I had better call control and see what they say as there is no way I can make that up.
20 mins later they finally answer
“Control I am over 25 mins late can you please put me back on time”
“Maintain please driver and someone will call you back later to sort you out”
Yeah right that will never happen. Still off I go and who knows I may get a break yet.
7pm and I am still running very late so I will try control again and see what they say “Maintain please” ah well I tried. Still each time I am making up a few minutes here and there so I will be back on time soon.
“Sir your day ticket is out of date” Here I go again how did he think that he would get away with Jan 8th when it’s already August 8th. At least the day was correct
“No sir I cannot let you off this time you will need to pay the £1.50.” ah the age old argument next he will try and pass off that he is only 14 “Sir if you are only 14 why are you trying to use an adult ticket” good grief they must think I’m stupid “No sir I cannot let you on without paying you must pay £1.50” This could go on for a while. I think Ill turn the engine off. “Sir it doesn’t bother me if you stand there all night. The only people you are annoying are the ones on the bus that have already paid and are waiting for YOU to get off so we can carry on. If you don’t get off then I will be forced to call the police and you will have to explain to them why you don’t want to pay the £1.50” Ah finally he got the message now I can carry on.
Nearly done just a couple of hours left of this shift. Oh great there is a gang of 20 standing waiting for my bus. Oh what a surprise they all pile on and no one pays they must think that I will let them get away with it. A quick “OI” and they stop. “Someone going to pay for you all then?”
“Nah f*** you”
*Oh great* this should be fun to deal with but if I let them get away with it tonight they will try every night. Just be polite and don’t argue with them “Sorry what did you say?”
“I see, well unless everyone pays no one is going to travel tonight” lets see what happens.
*Wow so original and witty* I wonder if they are able to say anything else? “OK well this bus will not be going anywhere until someone pays for everyone and if you continue to use that language at me you won’t be going anywhere”
“Go F*** yourself we aint paying for anything”
God they really are pushing it here. Oh well time to make good on my threat. Engine off and radio’s emergency button pushed
“What you f*****g doing”
“Exactly what I said I would, you haven’t paid and you have continued to abuse me so you won’t be travelling on this bus tonight”
Radio: come in driver
“Control, I’ve got 5 youths here that are refusing to pay and being very abusive towards me”
“Bzzzzz received do you require assistance”
That has to be the silliest question to ask.
“Yes please I am at the outer terminus”
‘Received the police are on their way now.”
Wow I have never seen such large people move so fast they must break the record. Oh look they have left me some DNA on the assault screen how wonderful. Still onwards who knows what the rest of the night will bring.
“I thought you handled them very well driver.”
“Thank you” A grateful passenger, its nice to know I am appreciated sometimes.
“I know them and they never pay, most drivers don’t say anything. So far you have been the only one to stand up to them. You don’t deserve the abuse you get; you are only doing your job.”
Amazing, someone actually cares bout us and what we do. They also agree with us as well.
Getting near the end of my night now and wouldn’t you know it my bus is showing a warning light, better call it n. I know what they will say anyway.
“Control I have an engine warning light on.”
“What color is it?”
“Maintain service and ill call you back after I have called the engineers.”
Yeah right, that’s never going to happen. They never want to come out after 10pm anyways.
Last trip and I am the last bus and wouldn’t you know its Friday as well. This should make it interesting for me.
And away I go. Watching out for drunks, runners and drunken runners.
“Mind the step as you get off sir” Oh I hope that he makes it home ok, he looks like he has had at least 5 too many from the way that he is hugging that lamppost.
Several people come running towards the stop just as I pass it. I decide that it might be a good idea to stop and wait for them I am the last bus after all. If they miss me it’s about 6 hours till the next one goes past.
“Thanks Driver ” they pant as they get on. See some of us do care about the passengers and it’s nice to get a thank you.
Uh oh. More runners better make sure that they want my bus as it is a multiple service stop.
“I’m sorry but I think you have missed that one” they didn’t want me after all but I think can still help.
“If you get on here and get off at the last stop you should be able to catch the last xx and that goes very near where you need to go.’
Sometimes I wonder if I know too much about other services.
Nearly at the end now and there has only been the one drunk which makes a change. Last stop and wouldn’t you know it there is a man asleep. I bet he has missed his stop as well; I had better employ the wake up boot.
“Last stop sir”
“Sir this is the last and final stop”
“Oh, I’ve gotten on the wrong bus”
And he staggers off into the distance. I hope he makes it to wherever he is going.
Time to get this bus back to the depot. Just need to check it and make sure that there is nothing left behind. Nothing this time just the usual collection of rubbish. Back in the depot and the vault is very heavy tonight, it must have been a busy day. All I need to do now is catch the staff bus home and I am dome.
Thank you for reading this small series of posts I hope you enjoyed them.