I have a nomination for a Retail Balls Award for a shuttle bus driver at my school.
I work at an off site location, and the university runs a bus service between it and campus. The bus is free and is only for students and staff, so everyone is required to show a university ID to get on.
Today at the stop the driver suddenly started exclaiming "Excuse me, you have ID? Excuse me!"
I was a little confused because the girl he seemed to be yelling at clearly had hers. The driver turned off the ignition, stood up, and walked to a guy at the back. I figured the guy would show an ID and we'd be on our way, but a few minutes passed so I turned back to see what was going on.
The guy was sitting there with a douchey smirk on his face while the driver quietly talked to him before finally saying more audibly, "You need ID to ride. I'm sorry but ya gonna have to get off."
"I rode over from campus," Doucheysmirk replied.
The driver calmly repeated, "You need ID to ride."
Doucheysmirk tried another tactic and asked, "How'm I supposed to get back to campus?"
I nearly laughed outloud because the location is precisely 1 mile from campus. The bus is mostly for convience not necessity. I've walked between the two on occasion.
It's a downtown area, so it isn't like walking would be a hike through the middle of no where, nor would it be a trek through gang territory. I wouldn't make the walk at night, but feel perfectly safe doing so during the day.
Also, this happened at 5:30 PM on a clear day in Virginia in early October. For people who aren't familiar with the climate, you could hardly ask for more perfect weather even for a walk you don't want to make.
Finally someone else got annoyed and said, "Just get off! You're holding everyone else up."
Douchey started to get flustered then and protested, "I got on at the stop before this one!"
The driver was having none of it, "No you didn't. I seen you climb in the back door just now. You need ID to ride this bus."
Douchey glared, picked up his bookbag and tried one more plea, "Man, how'm I supposed to get back to campus?"
The driver ignored him.
Finally, Douchey gave up and stomped off the bus in a huff.
The driver started up the bus and took us along the route back to campus. At one stop as two staff members were exiting they complimented the driver on how he handled the situation.
I very much agreed with their assessment.
-- Baby Store Slave