The Bus Stop


The roar of the bus engine drown’d the sound of normal human speech so most everyone had to yell. One lady and the driver were yelling back and forth,

“I CAN’T B’LIEVE THEY TOOK THAT BOY TO JAIL AN ALL HE DID WAS….”

I couldn’t hear the rest of it…

Most of the time no one talks and the roar of the bus goes on while everyone kind of dozes off. Occasionally someone yells, “WHATCHOO DOIN’ THIS SIDE A’ TOWN! I AIN’T SEEN YOU IN A DAWG”S AGE!” Then the two people who know each other will swap seats and sit together.

We were all minding our own business and a guy got on who was homeless and maybe didn’t get a bath and it is HOT out there and so no one said anything we just all tried to breathe AWAY from his direction and some people opened the windows and let in the hot air and that helped some. When the guy got off the bus some more got on and the smell lingered.

Now at this point I have been the SOLE white person on a bus full of black people and they didn’t care and neither did I and everything was just fine but that guy got on the bus and I was shocked almost immediately,

“Damn it STANKS in here! Did someone DIE! MAN WE TAX-PAYERS PAY FOR THESE RIDES AND YOU….” and jerked his hand at the bus driver, “IT’S YOUR JOB TO MAKE SURE YOUR BUS IS CLEAN!”

The bus driver got down off her seat. Yesterday a driver in a fancy SUV had rolled their window down and given her the ‘bird’ and she yelled at them, “YEAH…THAS ALL YOU GOT I KNOW CAUSE YO’ WIFE DONE COME TO SEE ME AN I GOT MO’ N’ YOU GOT AN’ YOU CALL YO’ SEF A MAN!” She winked at the man’s fancy wife and they rolled up the window fast and changed lanes and we all laughed and laughed!

Today she got down off the bus seat and looked at the man, arms akimbo, and in an oddly quiet voice she said, “Sir…go find a seat.” She got back up on the drivers ‘throne’ and gave him a chance to go find a seat.

“YOU GOT SUM ATTITUDE ON YOU GAL! YOU ARE NOTHIN’ BUT A SERVANT YOU HEAR? A SER – VANT! SERVANT! GOT THAT! I AIN’T SITTIN’ DOWN ‘TIL YOU CLEAN THIS BUS B*TCH!”

The man had his face an inch away from the driver’s face. The driver got off the ‘throne’ again and she stood face to face with him. “SIT DOWN SIR! SIT DOWN NOW!”

“AMERICA’S A FREE COUNTRY B*TCH I DON’T HAVE TO SIT DOWN!”

“GET OFF MY BUS NOW!”

“I DON’T HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU SAY SER – VANT! I OWN YOU! THE TAX-PAYERS OWN YOU!”

“SIT DOWN SIR OR GET OFF THIS BUS OR I WILL RADIO THE COPS!”

The man sat down and was quiet just long enough for her to pull back out into the stream of traffic and then he started again,

“THIS IS SHIT! SHIT! SMELLS LIKE SHIT IN HERE!”

He glared at all the occupants of the bus. He glared at me. I got mad. I told him,

“Sir you are making me look bad. You are the only other white person on this bus and you are acting like a racist asshole!”

He glared at me and pulled the ‘Stop Request’ cord. “I WANT OFF AT THE NEXT STOP!” The driver said, “THANK YOU GAWD!” When that man got off the bus everyone clapped…

…including me.

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