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    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!”

    Giving Girls The Cold Hard Shoulder

    | Newport Beach, CA, USA | Bigotry, Employees, Transportation

    (I’ve bought a used car and it runs out of gas a bit before the gauge is near empty. I run out of gas on the freeway and pull over the shoulder. I call my boyfriend to bring me fuel but as he shows up, so does the county-run tow truck designed to keep the freeways clear.)

    Boyfriend: “Did you call a tow truck, too?”

    Me: “No, he just showed up.” *turning to the driver* “Sorry, I think we’re okay actually.”

    Driver: *ignoring me, talking to my boyfriend* “Don’t worry. I’ll just add some gas to her tank. No charge.”

    Boyfriend: “Well, I already brought gas so we may as well use it.”

    Driver: “The females often forget to check if there car has enough gas.”

    Boyfriend: “Uh…”

    Me: “It’s not my fault. The car gauge showed that it still had gas.”

    Driver: “The females always forget to pull their cars to the shoulder, so we have to drive around to keep the roads clear during rush hour.”

    Boyfriend: “Uh…”

    Me: *annoyed* “But I did pull to the shoulder!”

    Boyfriend: “Uh…”

    Me: “Jeez, can I get some backup?!”

    Needs More Train-ing

    | UK | Employees, Extra Stupid, Transportation

    (My mother is booking a train ticket over the phone.)

    Mum: “What’s the earliest train time?”

    Employee: “Well, the earliest is at 05:30. It gets you there at 10:30. They then run every hour after that.”

    Mum: “I only need to be there by midday. 06:30 should be fine.”

    Employee: “Okay, I’ll just key that in.” *types* “Right, your ticket is booked for 17:30.” *suddenly realizes* “Oh, hang on. I’ll correct that.” *more typing* “Okay, your ticket is booked for 18:30.”


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