flat tire and a few useless men....
February 24, 2013 3:37am CST
I was taking this big bus in coming home, it was a five-hour road trip, when all of a sudden we heard a sound. The bus had a flat tire. We were still in the middle of nowhere, only trees and the mountains, and so the driver and the fare collector got off to fix what was broken. I had to go down too to see what was wrong (like I could be of any help) and I found out that we would be stranded for some time because of the flat tire. While the conductor or ticket man got busy removing the flat tire, the driver was also trying to get the spare tire which was located under the bus. It was a huge bus so you can just imagine the size of the tire and how heavy it must have been to pull it out. I saw that he had difficulty removing or pulling the spare tire out, I even wanted to help, but expected the other men around (passengers) to lend a hand. However, they just stood there with their hands on their hips looking so cool and useless. Don't they know how to help? I had the urge to help but I know that I would only be brushed away for being a woman. Oh boy. There are just too many thoughtless men in our midst.
24 Feb 13
Ah! That's just disappointing. I would feel frustrated as well, however, perhaps they know that they couldn't do anything as well. But yeah, if I were a guy, I would at least extend some assistance or something. hehehe.. But still, perhaps they too don't know how to fix it or think that they'd just smell bad or get dirty if they helped. You know how people are. Hehehe.. How long did it take though? Have a great mylot experience ahead!
25 Feb 13
I discussed this with my partner and he didn't agree to my thinking hehehe.. He said, it's the driver and the assistant's job to do that, nobody should offer to help because they'd be dirty in the end. Further, those men know what they're doing because they are supposed to be trained for those types of circumstances. He also told me that if that were to happen, the passengers should be transferred to another bus of the same liner (they do have different buses travelling the same route, I suppose). Hehehe.. He was really tough on me. He said it wasn't about trying to help out, but it was about good service. You rode a bus so that you wouldn't be thinking how to drive and such. Not to mention that you rode the bus because you had a schedule to meet. They should have done something about the circumstance. hehehe.. He was really tough, but he's got a point there.
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24 Feb 13
The scene actually sounds comical if it wasn't for the fact that you were stuck in the middle of nowhere. You'd think they'd be only willing to volunteer if it meant getting it done sooner and they'd be back on the bus and on their journey a lot faster.
8 Mar 13
I have never encountered this ever, i guess this is because i do not drive or that i am just not the type thatis very mindful of the surroundings. I perhaps have seen someone with a flat tire but it was just usually a car that is very easy to manage. ;)