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Bus ... of Death!

The bus pulled away from the stop, but immediately came to a halt behind a queue of cars at a red light. Two women outside began pounding on the back doors and yelling "wait! wait!". As a chorus of "back door!" arose from the passengers, the driver allowed the women to enter.

A minute later the bus still hadn't moved, and a third woman arrived upon the scene, slapping the flat of her hand against the bus and yelling "wait!", just as the traffic light turned green. The driver hesitated for a moment, glanced at the wailing woman in his side mirror, and then took off. Grumbles rippled through the coach, with one young man loudly pronouncing the entire situation "lame!"

After we got onto the freeway, the driver spoke over the intercom. "Ladies and gentlemen, " she said, "We do not allow people to board the bus after it has left the curb for reasons of saftey. People who run into the street after a departing bus often fall under the wheels and sustain injury or death.

"Last year, five people were killed while trying to catch a bus that had already left the curb," she continued in an ominous tone. "Unfortunately for those people, they caught their bus ... for the last time!"

Posted on July 19, 2002 to Conversations