I fell off the bus today
May 2, 2008 5:02am CST
I was so furious I shouted at the bus conductor. You see, here in the Philippines, most buses do not have their own doors. Yes, people just step in and out just like that, and buses never stop, most of the time anyway. And even when the bus is already jam-packed with people standing on the aisle (and everyone gets really smelly) they still let passengers in. This afternoon, I was on my way home from my internship. I don't usually take the bus because I hate riding buses for the reasons stated. But nothing else but buses pass down the road of the building where I was taking my internship so I had to take the bus. I wanted to ride one that had doors in them, but I had been waiting for over thirty minutes and I really wanted to go home. So I took the one with no doors and no aircon. When I reached my stop, the bus didn't stop. It just slowed down and the bus conductor told me I can go down. I didn't want to argue with him anymore since today was a really tiring day during my internship duty, so I decided to go down, hoping that the bus will go slow as I make my descent. But to my indignation, my first foot was still hanging in midair and the bus driver suddenly sped up and I fell! I mean really fell off the bus and I was left lying in the middle of the road, where buses and cars and taxis and jeepneys were all rushing along because my bus stop was on a highway! I yelled at the bus driver and conductor for not being careful, and of all people, the bus conductor still had the guts to yell back! Some people really have no sense of responsibility. I hope local governments do something with bus drivers like that. They put to danger other people's lives!
4 May 08
Well, even if the government tries to keep these buses at bay, the bus union (or whatever they call themselves) will call for human rights stuff and all that. They have the power to counter any move the government will do against them so why bother.