Anonymous Cermak bus driver expounds on his regimen for health

Nicolle posted this at the CTA Tattler page on Facebook. Put your CTA story there too.

Friday night, I was on my way to work on the #21 Cermak bus. I’m not a
huge fan of this bus, as it more-than-occasionally passes me up when I’m
waiting at a marked bus stop.

The driver asked me if I was going
to work; thinking he was just making light conversation, I told him
that yes, I was. He then asks if I have a pen and paper.
he then tells me to write down what he says, and gives me a long,
complicated regimen of vitamins and natural remedies that he thinks I
should take.

In fact, he got so excited about suggesting this
ridiculously complicated vitamin regimen that he angered almost everyone
else on the bus by blowing right past stops at State, Wabash, and
Michigan–even though people pulled the cord for all of those stops.

Whenever I backed away, he got more insistent that I needed to write down and follow everything he said.

I didn’t write down what he said. I pretended to, but I couldn’t tell you
everything that was in Anonymous Cermak Bus Driver’s Regimen For

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  • If nothing else, it appears that that regimen causes ADD.

    If that guy doesn't want to do his job as a bus driver, there appear to be about 500 who still want it. So, it isn't cute.

  • In reply to jack:

    Aw Jack - always taking the fun out of things!

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Maybe, but if he did it to me, I would have told him to mind his own business, and if he was driving erratically, I would report it. And, I have, on occasion. That seems to be one of the reasons Mr. CTA and the Clever Device say "This is run K722" or whatever.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Jack has a point. Just because someone is "insistent" doesn't mean you have to obey. If you can't think of a polite way to say no to somebody who is basically a stranger and definitely not your boss, it is because that somebody is trying to manipulate you. So say no anyway, or just remove yourself without comment. This is not entirely unrelated to the manipulation that pickpockets engage in when they get too close or try to distract you. They are using your habits of politeness against you, while violating the social bargain themselves.

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