While we were waiting for the bus that was already at the bus stop, another passenger commented that our driver was asleep at the back of the bus. As it was nearly time for the bus to leave she banged on the window, which startled the driver. He said he wasn't asleep and told the woman she shouldn't have done that. Then the driver got out of the bus to speak to another driver who had just arrived on another bus.
We were told that the reason why some drivers won't let passengers sit in the bus while the driver is waiting for time is because a passenger sued the company recently. Apparently a driver allowed a passenger to sit inside. On her way to sit down, she tripped over and fell and sued the bus company for her injury.
"Wasn't the bus stationary?" I said
"It was," the first driver said, "but it didn't stop the woman from blaming the driver."
"That's the most ridiculous story I've ever heard," I said.
"They tend to treat us drivers like robots and we get blamed for everything," the second driver said. "If someone jumps in front of a bus and the driver hits him, the driver is to blame, even if it's the pedestrian's fault."
"It's true," the first driver said. "We can't win. If a driver hits someone, he's to blame. If he brakes suddenly to avoid hitting someone and his passengers are sent flying and injure themselves, the driver is to blame."
As it was now time to leave, the bus driver let us on board. I said to the other passenger. "Make sure you don't trip over as we wouldn't want you suing the driver."
I waved goodbye to the other driver.
To all bus drivers in London: thank you for all that you do. I really appreciate each and every one of you.
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