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Wed, Nov. 27th, 2002, 12:36 pm
Rain Rain go Away

It simply seems redundant to complain about the bus service in this city or even to mention that the drivers aren't so much interested in doing their job as they are in driving past someone who is trying to hail them down in the driving rain as they look the other direction like a five year old who is trying to pretend he wasn't watching.

That said though, out of idle curiosity, I sent in a complaint to dublin bus, time will tell if they get back to me... ever.

Here's the initial complaint:

"This morning I was waiting for the number 10 bus along with a large number of other people. As usual, two number 10s arrived within seconds of each other at our bus stop, the first one to arrive was almost full, the second was only half full.
However, despite the fact that the bus was half empty the driver refused to let anyone on, several of us assumed that this was because he wasn't quite at the bus stop and would pull up and let us on.
However, when the first bus pulled away , the second (half empty) one drove straight past the bus stop despite my attempts to hail him down and the fact that he could see me clearly.
Needless to say I was not very amused by this turn of events and was left waiting another twenty minutes for another number 10 to arrive, all the while standing in this morning's extremely heavy rain.

I look forward to an explanation of the driver's behaviour at your earliest convenience, specifically why he would not stop at a bus stop where he was being clearly and properly waved down."

Wow, this week is just being a cornucopia of official corruption and wankery, more open lies from the government (Minister "I never had anything to do with that unpaid 5K debt to Aer Rianta for booze and smokes" Brennan, Bertie "Minister Brennan is an honest and decent man" "dickmuncher" Ahern and Fianna "Crime figures are down dramatically" Fail) Garda commissioner Pat Byrne claims that the officers refusing to co-operate with an official investigation are fine and groovy and the ones who claimed they saw nothing are being perfectly honest. The entire force is suffering blow after blow to it's reputation because of the actions of a few officers (but more importantly the unwillingness of the force in general to DO anything about it) Taxi drivers are bemoaning the fact that they're going to end up having to issue recipts and obey a code of conduct (yay, no more rants about d'immigrants) Dublin bus attempts to scam the customers by pretending to drop a fare by 5 cents when what they actually MEANT was "raise it by 25" and the weather is completly fucking shit.

There is now officially no good reason to live here apart from obligations. I wouldn't mind if the gimps here were competent and corrupt but their method of deceit is not to come up with something convincing, instead they just deny everything, even when presented with the photo of them cashing a bribe made out to cheque....

Wed, Nov. 27th, 2002 06:20 am (UTC)

*offers crash space on couch*

Hey, it can't be much worse here in the colonies, can it? :)

Wed, Nov. 27th, 2002 06:24 am (UTC)

At least your government has the collective IQ necessary to avert attention from their wrongdoings.

Ours just points at empty space behind us and screams "Look! a monster!"

Wed, Nov. 27th, 2002 06:54 am (UTC)

Point well-taken.

Also, as I mentioned in my post, it's snowing here. Loads more fun than rain. You really should come and visit. In January. With Rabbit.

No, I will not stop pitching this to you every few months.

Do you have any elections coming up? It sounds like you already had some recently.

Wed, Nov. 27th, 2002 08:59 am (UTC)

It's done nothing but rain here since march except for the two weeks of seasonable weather in july. Some dude called Noah keeps coming around and asking if we have any Spotted Gazelle.

I blame the government (and yeah, we only had an election this year) and FYI, there's a good chance I'll have a lot of free time in may ish.

Wed, Nov. 27th, 2002 09:08 am (UTC)

At least you get Noah. I keep getting these white-clad strangers all aglow asking if I've seen a seal. I keep telling them this is New England, and do they see any glaciers? I think not.

May, eh? That would be very cool. Well, warm. Maybe. May's an odd month. A good one, though. That would be cool.

Wed, Nov. 27th, 2002 07:36 am (UTC)

Wow... Sounds like a nasty morning indeed... Seriously though, I think there are assholes who drive buses all around the world!

Wed, Nov. 27th, 2002 09:08 am (UTC)

Damnit though, I think they get sent on training courses here though.

You're right of course, it just never ceases to amaze me how petty human beings can be at times.

I'm not a violent man by nature, in fact I'm pretty much a pacifist, but I had some mighty murderous thoughts this morning..