Public transportation is picking up random strangers…

  The essence of the job day to day for me is driving up and down East Colfax and picking up every random person that wants a ride.Ask yourself, would you do this in your car?Would you stop every couple blocks and pick up some random strangers?After awhile it wears off that’s what you’re doing because it becomes part of your job and day to day life.After awhile you just don’t think on those terms anymore.You just board everyone and hope it goes well.
  If you are a person who is very judgemental you won’t last long. It’ll soon enough drive you crazy peeking at these people’s lives.You’ll have a full window all day into world’s you’ve either never known about or escaped from.Or are part of.Regardless,as a bus driver you can’t dwell on who is doing what,no matter your belief system.You can’t look down on anyone.Of course you can in the back of your mind shake your head at the way some people live their life when it effects you.Like when they are alcoholics and they board with aggressive behavior,because they just became your problem.Or when they are some inconsiderate asshole boarding with music blasting from their phone and they refuse to turn it off…they just became your problem.
  All in all in our minds as bus drivers is to just hope people get on with their fare and sit down without drama or issues and let us just get to the end without issues.When people say we are grumpy assholes,they don’t consider before they boarded they didn’t see the guy calling us “nigger” or “bitch” to our face because they decided we are supposed to let them ride for free or with an open beer.You are supposed to pay for your fare just as you are supposed to pay the 7-11 clerk for whatever you’re buying.It’s really just as simple as that.Yes,sometimes there are situations that call for exception,and I’m more than willing to help in these situations, but listen carefully…we can see through bullshit like you can see through water.We get it all day…All freaking day…We know exactly who you are before we even open the door.This job has opened us up to human behavior on a level you’ll never understand unless you do it.The next time you think a bus driver is a jerk,stop and think about being in our place and what we may just have experienced before you judge…Picking up strangers off the street is not by far the easiest life.But we do it because we are bad ass enough to handle it. 

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