Here’s a guest post from Susan:
I’ve come to dread when I encounter the rules-crazy bus driver on the #80 Irving Park.
- He yells at kids for not letting a woman board in front of him. “Did your parents not teach you to let ladies goes first?”
- He won’t let people board in the front until everyone gets off, yelling at people who try.
- He puts the ramp down for able-bodies women with strollers.
- He scolds people for standing near the rear exit, even stopping the bus until they move.
- He leans on the horn till cars move out of the bus stop lane. On the #80 Irving Park, that makes for a 20-honk trip.
As a result of his strict adherence to the rules, it often takes him 15 minutes to get from Cicero to Pulaski. When I’m lucky enough to catch another driver, the trip is much quicker.
While I understand the need for rules and vigilance, there’s also a time for flexibility. Besides, all the yelling and honking is very nerve-wracking.