How To Handle Rude Bus Drivers
Rude Bus Drivers Dear Editor,
Reading the letter from the man who had trouble with the nasty bus drivers reminded me of a similar incident with a much different ending. I had just retired from the City of New York after working for 27 years. My office was in Jamaica, but we were sent to a different area every day. I was walking down a street when an elderly woman came up to me. I was in uniform and she asked me if I could give summonses to the buses for idling their engines. There was a bus stop with two buses, the rest were behind them in front of this woman's house. She told me she had a respiratory problem. She said the fumes were killing her. She had asked the drivers to turn off their engines but they ignored her, so she asked me as well.
She said she complained to the police, community board, etc., all with no luck. She told me, "You're my last hope." I appealed to the bus driver who told me the buses were so old that if they turned them off they might not be able to restart them.
The next time I was sent to that area, a month later, I noticed the buses were parked two blocks away in front of a park. I saw the woman sitting in her front yard. I asked her about the buses. "I fixed them," she said, waving her fist in their direction.
She told me when they parked in front of her house, she opened the door and smeared dog poop on the drivers' seats and steering wheel, after they had left the buses. When the drivers started staying in the buses, she changed tactics. She got hold of a catalog that sold stink bombs and other foul smelling liquids. She would walk a few blocks back, board the bus from there, and then throw the stink bomb as she got off. Other times she used urine or ammonia. Her neighbors also helped her. She called the bus company, disguised her voice, and told them it would continue as long as the buses idled in front of her house. After about two weeks, the drivers gave up and started parking two blocks away.
Now, I'm not suggesting the people of Newport Avenue follow the example of this elderly woman, but it's something to consider.