St. Paddy partiers called out by driver on the #80 bus

The #80 crawled down Irving Park late on Saturday
afternoon. Passengers ebbed and flowed on and off, the bus alternately
crowding and spewing riders.

Saturday there was a fairly large contingent of St. Paddy’s Day revelers,
conspicuous in their green beads, sweaters and other accessories.

As usual a knot of people crowded around the rear door, including a
quartet of Paddy partiers led by a redhead wearing a green headband. (I
don’t make up this stuff.)

As the bus tilted toward overcrowding in the front, the driver announced
over the loudspeaker: “Would the girl in the red hair and green
headband please wave your hand?”

She did as commanded.

“OK, now will you please move all the way to the rear and stop blocking
the exit door?”

She sheepishly exited through that door at the next stop.


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  • That's right Joe. Now, next Saturday is for us pros, right? ;-)

    How's that bald head of yours anyway?

  • We had to go downtown on Saturday (something I usually avoid on parade weekend) and my daughter was quite curious about all the very loud people in green.
    I told her they were going to a party and she said "I don't want want to go to that party"!

  • In reply to Michi:

    Your daughter is wise, Mich. The 16-year-old niece and I went to the Art Institute via Metra and walking across the Loop. She had the same reaction. People were drunk on the 9:30am inbound train. Things only went downhill from there. Luckily we were able to dodge the projectile vomiting and evacuate by 3:30pm. The niece and I aren't prudes by any stretch of the imagination, but we were appalled at the stupidity.

  • In reply to marthat3:

    This is why I order food in and make sure I have movies from Netflix at home on Parade Day.

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