Some seething anger over the recent service cuts came spilling out of passengers last week on the #65 Grand, directed at a bus driver for his rude comments to a man hobbling along with his walker.
Jim shared the story: The #65 Grand was headed west, when a man with a walker signaled he wanted to get off at State Street to connect with the Red Line. The driver blew past the Red Line stop because the bus stop was removed due to construction on the new station at Grand.
When the man with the walker asked the driver why he didn’t stop, and how hard was it to get back to State Street, Jim said the driver replied: “Tough ti**ies!” You should have taken the Pace car!”
This prompted some hootin’ and hollerin’ from the other bus passengers:
“You should have been the one who was laid off,” screamed one passenger.
Another yelled: “Fire all of you and get some folks that will take pride in their work and will be grateful to have a job!”
One more shouted: “It is all yours and the union’s fault for this transit mess. Shame on you and your brothers!”
There’s obviously some deep-seated resentment toward the union and drivers over the service cuts, and remarks from this rude driver brought it all out.
Update: The Etiquette Bitch on ChicagoNow sounded off on this incident. She thinks that while it was rude for riders to start hootin’ and hollerin’, it was justified in this case. Do you agree?