Thanks to kind lady who paid Wirral Globe reader's bus fare

First published in Letters

I WOULD like to say a huge "Thank You" to the lady (who I assume was with her son) who paid my bus fare from Birkenhead Central to Bebington on Wednesday, February 12, at around 6.45pm.

I was returning from Liverpool having left at 5.30pm and the trains were not running due to the abnormal weather conditions.

I had eventually boarded a Rock Ferry train but this terminated at Birkenhead Central at 6.15pm and we were all put outside the station and told to try and catchabus; the driver would accept our rail ticket or replacement rail buses would be put on instead.

A replacement bus arrived but this quickly filled up with train passengers.

Then a Clatterbridge bus pulled up, but the driver refused to accept my train ticket and was very truculent, refusing to accept a £10 note, whichwas all I had.

He was most rude and Iwould have had to have left the bus only for those kind people who paid my fare.

They got off the bus along Old Chester Road.

I hope the lady and young man see this letter as I really cannot thank them enough for their kindness – they are a shining example of all that is best in human nature, just the opposite of that bus driver.

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9:41pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Nrkiuk says...

Can I ask what else you expected?
Was it the fact that the bus driver refused to accept your train ticket as a means of payment. Was it has fault the train was off, was it his fault the rail bus was full. Is the reason for your obvious two faced and snide letter.
Thanking someone and then berating the driver for not allowing to travel is just ridiculous, I can bet you the cost of your fare that he wasn't being truculent as you put it.
In fact, I'd go so far as to say that you are angry because he stood his ground and refused to allow you to travel for free because this is what you are expecting him to allow you to do.

As for not changing your £10 note I can only think you haven't given the globe the full facts.

But thanks for an entertaining story.
Can I ask what else you expected? Was it the fact that the bus driver refused to accept your train ticket as a means of payment. Was it has fault the train was off, was it his fault the rail bus was full. Is the reason for your obvious two faced and snide letter. Thanking someone and then berating the driver for not allowing to travel is just ridiculous, I can bet you the cost of your fare that he wasn't being truculent as you put it. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that you are angry because he stood his ground and refused to allow you to travel for free because this is what you are expecting him to allow you to do. As for not changing your £10 note I can only think you haven't given the globe the full facts. But thanks for an entertaining story. Nrkiuk
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9:09am Thu 6 Mar 14

littlestar84 says...

I am so glad I now drive, so I don't have to get buses, I have witnessed this kind of incident so many times over the years. A lot of bus drivers are very unhappy bitter men who take pleasure in being rude to people, not accepting notes, etc. There needs to be a clampdown. If you get bad service: complain!
I am so glad I now drive, so I don't have to get buses, I have witnessed this kind of incident so many times over the years. A lot of bus drivers are very unhappy bitter men who take pleasure in being rude to people, not accepting notes, etc. There needs to be a clampdown. If you get bad service: complain! littlestar84
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2:02am Fri 14 Mar 14

Wirralrob says...

Can't believe how some staff let the rest of us down. If I can't change a note, I never boot people off.

"Go sit down until I get some change." - covers your back against company management idiots, even if you've no chance of getting change. That's what sets us apart.

It's east after years on the job to hate all passengers, but it's worth remembering to keep them onside incase things go wrong, which they often do. For every 1 idiot, there are usually 9,999 other decent passengers.
Can't believe how some staff let the rest of us down. If I can't change a note, I never boot people off. "Go sit down until I get some change." - covers your back against company management idiots, even if you've no chance of getting change. That's what sets us apart. It's east after years on the job to hate all passengers, but it's worth remembering to keep them onside incase things go wrong, which they often do. For every 1 idiot, there are usually 9,999 other decent passengers. Wirralrob
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