A) I got on the 22A at to head home near . Now, the bus is marked 22A, but many times, the drivers don't change those signs when they start a route, so I wanted to make sure I had the right bus. So I asked the driver as I got on, "22A to Shirlington?"
She loved it. "What the f*** does it say on the side of my bus?" (Hint: 22A PENTAGON, actually). She taunted me as I walked back to one of the seats about not knowing where the hell I was going, then joked with the next several people to board the bus- "You know where YOU'RE going, right? You don't need me holding your f****ing hand, right?"
Naturally, I bent Metro's ear about the issue when I got home--I'm sure I'll hear back about that, right? If I had another way of getting home--not a better way, mind you, just another way--I sure would take it. Made me sick to get on the bus this morning to head to work and know I was giving more money to an organization that employs someone like that.
B) I had an instance the other day of the bus having the wrong direction [sign] on it. The 31 came on the Friendship Heights-bound side, but it said . We passengers asked to make sure it was going to (you never know if the bus could've been rerouted, and also because some of those 30-line buses going that way terminate at and other halfway stops).
"Yes. Why, what does it say?" the driver asked.
When we told her, she burst into friendly laughter and apologized. "Sorry, I'll fix it," she said. We couldn't help but to smile, too.
Scenario A was from "Brian," and scenario B from "Golden Silence."
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