grumpy mcgrump

March 3, 2017 11:39am CST
Mr McGrump {Grumpy to his mates} is a bus driver. His favourite thing in the whole wide world is to grumble about something. It might be a passenger. It could be a fellow bus driver blocking a roundabout. It might even be the speedy undercover police car flashing its blue lights. He will definitely grumble about the girl running across the road on the green man, when the traffic lights are red for him. He second favourite thing in the whole wide world is to play a game. The game is called, I'm allowed to fit fifty-two standing passengers on this bus, so that's what's going to happen. He forgets that people need to get off the bus at various stops, and that the bus doesn't just go from A to B, and he also forgets that we need to breathe. Packing us in like sardines is not conducive to breathing. He snaps at passengers, or potential passengers, who are simply asking him a question. He rarely smiles, except at other drivers. He's a right misery guts. There's a poster up on the buses at the moment asking passengers to nominate their favourite driver for an award. I don't think he wants to win.
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@paigea (22199)
• Canada
3 Mar 17
I am pretty sure he doesn't want to win. Suggest to the bus company that they need to start a mystery shopping program. You have inspired me to rewrite a post I did for Bubblews about grumps.
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5 Mar 17
I have a feeling that they do use 'mystery shoppers' on the buses sometimes, but I may be wrong. If not, then yes, they definitely need to start!
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@paigea (22199)
• Canada
5 Mar 17
@Poppylicious have learned that just about every industry and service is mystery shopped. But the results seem to vary.
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@amadeo (65750)
• United States
3 Mar 17
He should win.No one there make him smile or a grimace.LOL
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5 Mar 17
Maybe that's what he thinks the nominations are for!
@amadeo (65750)
• United States
5 Mar 17
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
3 Mar 17
There is a school for them, you know:
Bob Newhart's 'Bus Driver Training' skit from his Button Down Comedy stand-up show. This video was recorded in 1995, but I believe it was originally found on...
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5 Mar 17
That was funny! Particularly the door slamming shut in the face ... that happens so often!
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
5 Mar 17
@Poppylicious Bob Newhart has some very funny sketches, most are on YouTube™.
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5 Mar 17
@pgntwo I didn't realise before, but he's the chap who is occasionally on The Big Bang Theory? He's very funny on that.
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@prinzcy (5058)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 17
Who knows, maybe he wants to win but I think it will be hard for him to win. Maybe they should let him win, he'll probably going to be less grumpy. Or not.
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5 Mar 17
He could definitely win the award for Grumpiest Driver.
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@Gillygirl (17282)
• Sutton, England
3 Mar 17
I've met my fair share of McGrumps on the bus. I don't think he will win.
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5 Mar 17
I'm not so sure - he's got some weak competition!
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@Gillygirl (17282)
• Sutton, England
5 Mar 17
@Poppylicious Oh dear there must be a lot of grumpy drivers in your area.
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5 Mar 17
@Gillygirl They seem to be either one extreme or the other. Too miserable or too happy. There are very few who just seem average.
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@pammooratan (4680)
• India
3 Mar 17
May be he has his own problem due to he has become rude.
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5 Mar 17
Possibly, but this wasn't just one journey. I had him twice this week, on different days. Otherwise I'd be inclined to agree with you.
• India
6 Mar 17
@Poppylicious Oo that's is not good the.
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@xFiacre (4431)
• Ireland
3 Mar 17
@poppylicious I complained to an inspector once about a bus driver's attitude to LOLs (little old ladies). The inspector was even grumpier.
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5 Mar 17
I complained once about a driver who had an argument with a passenger, when the passenger was definitely in the right. The bus company said they spoke to the driver and believed what he said, which was the opposite to what I said. Like any company, they stick together when the chips are down.
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@Corbin5 (106168)
• United States
3 Mar 17
Yes, this bus driver hasn't a chance to be nominated for a favorite-driver award. He needs to change jobs, preferably one not working with people.
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5 Mar 17
To be honest though, I do sometimes prefer the grumpier drivers to the chatty ones. There are two or three bus drivers locally who are really irksome and far too friendly!!
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