Saturday, August 21, 2010

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN

Earlier this week I was on the 218 (don't worry, I rode the 831 later that day), when a scene of tripartite confusion ensued such as can only be represented in dialogue form.


Bus is stopped at the SLCC Redwood Campus. MAN IN THE BACK OF THE BUS and WOMAN IN THE FRONT OF THE BUS get on.

BUS DRIVER, to WOMAN IN THE FRONT OF THE BUS
Where you headed?

WOMAN IN THE FRONT OF THE BUS
Taylorsville High School.

BUS DRIVER
Okay.

Eight minutes later, assuming the bus is on time

WOMAN IN FRONT OF THE BUS has no idea where she is and does not pull the cord when she should. BUS DRIVER realizes she has not pulled the cord when she should have, and starts pulling off the road to let her off in between stops

BUS DRIVER
pulling off the road
Ma'am, this is Taylorsville High School.

MAN IN THE BACK OF THE BUS pulls cord

WOMAN IN THE FRONT OF THE BUS
Huh?

BUS DRIVER
somewhat more insistently, opening the door
This is Taylorsville High School . . .

WOMAN IN THE FRONT OF THE BUS
Okay. Starts getting up

MAN IN THE BACK OF THE BUS
thinking that BUS DRIVER is opening the door to let him off instead of WOMAN IN THE FRONT OF THE BUS
Next one!

WOMAN IN THE FRONT OF THE BUS
thinking that MAN IN THE BACK OF THE BUS is BUS DRIVER telling her not to get off
Okay. Sits back down

BUS DRIVER
obviously confused by WOMAN IN THE FRONT OF THE BUS's behavior
Ma'am, this is where you need to get off.

MAN IN THE BACK OF THE BUS
obviously confused by the fact that the bus driver is still sitting in between stops with the door open
I said, the next one!

WOMAN IN THE FRONT OF THE BUS
obviously confused by what she perceives as BUS DRIVER's split personality
Okay. At last, gets off

BUS DRIVER closes the door and pulls back onto the road

MAN IN THE BACK OF THE BUS walks to the front of the bus

MAN IN THE FRONT OF THE BUS, formerly MAN IN THE BACK OF THE BUS
That's not a bus stop is it? I don't remember that being a bus stop.

BUS DRIVER
Oh, I was just letting that woman off at Taylorsville High School.

MAN IN THE FRONT OF THE BUS
Oh, I see. I was wonderin' about that . . .

General cordiality achieved

BUSNINJA
I'm sooooo blogging about this.

The End

2 comments:

  1. Ha Ha! I don't know what made me laugh more: this post or the fact that you have Seriously, so blessed! on your blog list :)

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  2. Well . . . I'm glad I made you laugh in any case.

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