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HawaiianShirts
03-05-2015, 05:26 AM
Some guy seemed to get the signs confused.

I'm a bike commuter. Part of my daily route to work is on one of my city's bus routes, and the bus occasionally passes me. The timing was just right this morning.

I saw some guy standing on the sidewalk, right next to a "NO PARKING" sign. There were bus stops about two blocks east and west of him. Because he wasn't at a bus stop (these drivers are really strict about this rule), the bus drove right past him. I heard him yell "HEY!" at it and tried not to laugh to loudly as he started running after it, waving frantically.

What do you bet he complains to the transit authority about being ignored?

fireheart
03-05-2015, 06:22 AM
I've seen this a few times too, except back home, not over here. Bus drivers tend to vary on their excitement/laziness.

rvdammit
03-05-2015, 01:04 PM
As far as I know under routine circumstances letting passengers on or off other than at a bus stop invalidates their insurance, thus you ability get compensation should there be an accident.

EvilEmpryss
03-05-2015, 10:57 PM
Another point for the power of literacy.

telecom_goddess
03-06-2015, 02:22 PM
Uh yeah around here you can't just pick a bus stop you would like, it has to be the official ones. Slight pain in the ass sometimes but that's the way it is!

HawaiianShirts
03-10-2015, 04:02 AM
As far as I know under routine circumstances letting passengers on or off other than at a bus stop invalidates their insurance.

I had never even thought of that!

Uh yeah around here you can't just pick a bus stop you would like, it has to be the official ones.

Seriously. I've seen that a few times, too, but only in bigger cities. Flagging down a vehicle for a ride wherever you want... Isn't that what taxicabs are for? :rolleyes:

Jetfire
03-10-2015, 05:42 PM
Around here, the snow banks are so high that you often can't stand at bus stops. So all the drivers are good at picking you up at the closest safe spot (usually a driveway or corner next to the stop).

Letting people off is similar, and if you're a regular they can often let you off at an unofficial stop close to where you usually go. There seems to be less of a fus about stopping at non-stops in any case, even thouhg that's probably the 'official' rule.

sstabeler
03-11-2015, 10:54 PM
around here, they're pretty strict. I've known a driver to stop ONCE when it technically wasn't at a stop, and even then, the driver had only just pulled out of the stop, and had apparently seen me sprinting to try to make the bus.

However, I've noticed bus drivers seem to have rather more flexibility in ignoring stops. ( I've had far too many cases of wanting to get home from school, having been waiting half a f****ing hour, and the bus doesn't stop. ( and yes, it definitely was the right number bus) Particularly annoying was the asshole driver that stopped, didn't open the doors, then promptly left again.

Aragarthiel
03-13-2015, 10:49 PM
However, I've noticed bus drivers seem to have rather more flexibility in ignoring stops.

My mom used to have this problem. Calling the bus company usually resolved it. She's gotten several bus drivers fired for leaving stops early or ignoring stops completely, including one time when she and four other people were waiting to get off at the same stop. There was just about a riot when the driver skipped their stop, from what she told me.

sstabeler
03-14-2015, 12:14 AM
My mom used to have this problem. Calling the bus company usually resolved it. She's gotten several bus drivers fired for leaving stops early or ignoring stops completely, including one time when she and four other people were waiting to get off at the same stop. There was just about a riot when the driver skipped their stop, from what she told me.

I should make it clear that the bus skipped the stop I was waiting at, not my stop to get off. ( the one time it did, it is because it is a request stop ( you have to indicate you want to get off by pressing a button) and I forgot)

Aragarthiel
03-14-2015, 12:37 AM
I understood that, I just thought the story I had would be worth relaying. It was the only time the bus ever skipped her stop while she was on it.

WishfulSpirit
04-06-2015, 05:04 AM
I ride the bus to work every day. There's one place where my route stops when going west, but the stop directly across the street (thus headed the other direction) is NOT a stop for that route (?!). I still don't get that, I think it has to do with construction the area and them moving other stops around to accommodate it.

Wonder if the guy who got his road signs confused had some kind of vision problems, or maybe forgot his glasses or something.