I Say "Thank You" To Bus Drivers

amberdextrous By amberdextrous, 28th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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My home town has a population that is generally appreciative of the public transport system.

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It is an endearing characteristic of the city of Perth, Western Australia, where I live, that most passengers on public transport buses call “Thank You” to the drivers as they exit.

People of all ages and all ethnic and social backgrounds do it, in a genuine expression of appreciation for the service.

On one journey into the city centre this week I heard it from elderly Italian, Greek and Yugoslav ladies, clutching empty shopping bags, setting off in search of bargains.

I heard it from groups of South East Asian students as they alighted near the English language college, and somehow it seemed that they cherished the opportunity to practice in public.

I heard it from a svelte young Persian woman, scarved in sheer, chic shades of peacock purple and green, when the bus stopped outside the business school.

And I heard it from a large group of high school kids from many backgrounds, the beep of the electronic ticket-tagger alternating with their tuneful calls.

The only passenger demographic I did not hear call “Thank You” to the driver was the middle-aged white males; they were obviously too stressed or too embarrassed to speak aloud. Or perhaps they just didn’t care? Perhaps they didn’t notice the quality of the public transport system?

While I sat on a soft, plush fabric seat and read my book, the driver took me home. I could zone out, ignore the peak-hour traffic stress, as she piloted the well-sprung bus smoothly onward.

“Thank You!” this middle-aged white male called, as I exited.


Appreciation Of Service, Australia, Bus, Bus Driver, Manners, Passengers, Perth, Public Transport, Western Australia

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Former journalist, clown, educator, comedian. Close observer of human foibles. Writer of observational pieces about Australia, its people and environment.

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