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    They Got There In The End-o

    | WA, USA | Employees, Language & Words, Rude & Risque, Transportation

    (I live in Washington, but I bought a motorcycle online from a seller in Florida. I am looking for a shipping center that can receive it, so I am calling around to gauge my options.)

    Employee: “Hello, [Shipping Center].”

    Me: “Hi, I have a question for you.”

    Employee: “Sure, go ahead.”

    Me: “What is the biggest package you can take?”

    Employee: “Do you really think I haven’t heard that one before? F*** off until you get a better joke.” *hangs up*

    (Not quite the response I was expecting, but judging by my wording, I don’t blame him. I give him another call.)

    Employee: “Hello, [Shipping Center].”

    Me: “I’m really sorry about earlier, but I bought a motorcycle out-of-state. Do you guys accept shipments that big?”

    Employee: “Oh, that’s what you meant? Yeah, we can store motorcycles.”

    (I talked to him some more about setting up an account, expected shipping dates, and other important stuff. On the day my motorcycle arrived, I actually met this guy in person. He was actually a very friendly fellow, and he’s also a very big fan of motorcycles. His biggest pet peeve happened to be prank callers, and, by his own admission, that is the only time anyone saw his bad side.)

    Got On The Wrong Side Of The Bus This Morning

    | Lansing, MI, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive, Money, Transportation

    (I am very sick with tonsillitis. It is so bad that my throat occasionally will swell to the point where it nearly blocks my airways. I can’t get the surgery I need until the end of my semester, so I have to wait a few months for treatment, while being treated with steroids. I wake up one morning having some breathing problems. I figure I would have time to get to the hospital if I took the bus (I can’t afford an ambulance). The following exchange occurs with the bus driver.)

    Me: *extremely hoarsely* “Excuse me, does this bus go to the hospital?”

    Driver: “Pay your 60 cents.”

    Me: “Sir, please, I need to know if this goes to [Hospital] emergency room.”

    Driver: “Pay.”

    Me: “Hospital…?”

    Driver: “PAY.”

    Me: “…fine.” *drops coins in slot* “Does this go to the emergency room?”

    Driver: *ignores me*

    Passenger: “Excuse me, miss. Yes, this bus goes past the hospital. I’m headed there myself.”

    Me: “Thank you, sir.”

    Passenger: “No problem. I don’t see why this jack-a** won’t do his job and tell a young lady who is clearly in a lot of pain and struggling to speak if she’s on the bus to the emergency room!”

    (He made sure to pull the cord and help me off the bus. Thank you, kind bus passenger! And bus driver, I hope you were just having a bad day.)

    Can’t Beat The Catbus

    | Ireland | Awesome Workers, Employees, Pets & Animals, Transportation

    (I had taken my cat to the vet and am getting on the bus back home. I get the same private-hire company’s shuttle bus every time so the drivers are used to me and my often-unusual luggage, but even so I always ask first.)

    Me: *holding the carrier, cat howling* “Do you mind taking a back-seat driver?”

    Driver: *looks into carrier* “I’m not sure I’m allowed to take vicious animals.”

    Me: “Do you mean me, or him?”

    Driver: “You.”

    (I laughed, paid, and sat down. After seven years and with other more modern services, that’s one reason why I always get that bus!)

    A Very Revealing Name

    | San Francisco, CA, USA | Bigotry, Employees, Transportation

    (My first name is a bit unusual and more commonly a last name. While we are talking to the agent it comes out that the other passenger’s last name is the same as my first name. We comment on the coincidence and then had no further interaction. I am male, in my 30s at the time, and dressed very casually. She is at least 20 years older, dressed extremely elegantly and is sitting several seats away. We are also different races. In short, there is nothing to indicate we are connected in any way. When the shuttle driver shows up he has a paper with our names on it. He announces himself and leads us out to the van. From the time he appears he acts distant and cold, almost hostile. It doesn’t make sense until we are seated and he gets on the radio to request our luggage.)

    Driver: “I need the luggage for [My First Name].”

    (I waited a moment.)

    Me: “You need to get my luggage on, too.”

    Driver: “Wait, you aren’t together?”

    Me: “If you look, you’ll see that’s her last name and my first.”

    (He was embarrassed, but made the additional request. Although he said nothing after that I believe his attitude was based on a bigoted reaction to thinking we were a mixed race couple after being too lazy to read his information properly.)

    Your Boss Is A Driving Force

    | Cleveland, OH, USA | Bosses & Owners, Transportation

    (I am in the delivery van with my boss, who is a very bad driver. My boss misses the exit on the highway, STOPS the van in the middle of the road and BACKS UP several hundred feet to get back to the exit, to the sound of the cars around us honking and flipping him off.)

    Me: “What the h*** are you doing?!”

    Boss: “Getting to the exit. Why? What’s the problem?”

    Me: “You’re going to get us killed!”

    Boss: “What would you have done?”

    Me: “Gotten off at the next exit.”

    Boss: “That’s too many steps!”


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