9 San Bruno. Outbound. 5:37AM 5.18.11

Had the 9 San Bruno and it was an early shift. Real early. 4:35am early. But the schedule was a good one since I had done it last week and me, the idiot that I am, just assumed that it would be smooth as it was then.

WRONG….WRONG. (Charlie Murphy voice)

So I was heading back outbound and I got to 2nd and Market and seen this old man with a suitcase and a bag making motions to let me know he wanted to get on the bus. Ok. In my mind I’m already thinking maybe this guy wants to go to the hospital (based on his behaviors and how I’m reading him) so I open the door and load up him and this other guy. He gets on and b-lines to the seat behind me and doesnt say anything. The other guy behind him asks me the time and shows me a transfer and walks and I yell “hey dude u got something?” Guy who jumped on second thought I was talking to him so I told that I was talking about the other guy.

That’s when he responded “I got a ticket.”
Me-“if you got a ticket it, show it then”
Him-“I got a ticket”
Me-” if you got it them come up and show or pay or get off the bus”
Then he didn’t say anything after any of my statements i said:
“alright dude you wasting everyones time. You gonna have to get off”
“we ain’t going anywhere until you pay or get off so it’s to your best interest to pick one.”
“alright. If you ain’t gonna get off voluntary, I’m gonna have to make the call and you gonna get off involuntarily.”
I look over and I see a police truck pull up next to me and I wave at him( since I have been sitting at the stop with him behind me for like 3 minutes) and he waves and turns left. Hahaha wow talk about some shitty luck.
So now like 5 minutes have passed and I call central. So central calls me back:
Me-“good morning central. This is run 2 on the 9. I got a fare evader on my bus who doesn’t want to pay or get off after I asked him. Can you send me a TS?”
Cc-“can I get your location and ID?”
Me-“2nd and Market.” I tell him my id.
Cc-“can you give us a description of the person?”
Me-“he’s an African American man wearing a blue hat ”
Cc-“anything more to help us?”
Me-“he’s got 2 bags with him”
Cc-“ok. We will send the police to you at 2nd and market”

So the dude starts saying something and at this point I’m not gonna talk to dude. I got nothing else to say. One of the other passengers comes up( a Latin lady) and asks in Spanish what’s Goin on and I tell her the situation and that we ain’t gonna be leaving till either he gets off or police comes takes him off. She decides to get off. At the same time i got a big white dude crossing the street and looking at the bus like he wants to get on. As he is about to step on i tell him that i aint gonna be going anywhere because I got someone that don’t wanna pay. He goes “he’s gonna need an escort” and I tell him “their on their way!” and dude smiles. He then says something along the lines of how some people don’t wanna pay and they mess up the rest of the day for others. Probably another 3 minutes go by and the fare evader starts saying some other rants and gets up and starts walking to the door and starts getting off. He talking a gang of shit like ‘ I’ma whip your ass if you get off the bus’,’you muthafuckin punk ass bus driver,’ ‘bitch ass,’ ‘I should come back up there and spit in your face bitch,’ and other shit. So when he starts saying that I respond with “oh yeah, your still getting off the bus though so just keep walking” and once he steps off the bus I 1) call central control back 2) Start loading everyone on the bus ( probably like 5 people outside) and 3) Police show up.

Also, as the dude is walking off the bus the white guy is talkin shit to dude telling him how he wasting his time and then he gets on the bus. Central calls me back and I tell them the guy jumped off the bus and if I can continue in route( I can make up all my time at the end of the line with the recovery time given) and keep going and they say yes.

So the police officer that passed me up jumps on the bus and realizes I was flagging him down the first time and he apologizes and I was like it’s cool and told him that the dude that was over there  and that he didn’t wanna pay or get off. He tells me his badge number(just in case I need to file paperwork) and he steps off the bus to talk to the guy who is Trying argue with the officer while another police car pulls up. I take off and I leave them to argue while I try to make up my time on the run.

I drop off the old white guy like 3 blocks later and as he gets off he says “I hope the rest of your day goes better and you don’t gotta have anyone else escorted off” and he laughs.


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