Yeah, I’m talking to you, Mr. Bus Driver! You were seriously late this morning so I started to walk towards the stop of another bus. THEN I hear your engine behind me, turn around and wave my hand. Surely you’ll let me get on the bus, even though I’m between stops, you were late, after all!
But no, oh no, not only did you not stop for me, you also waved your finger at me in an arrogantly disapproving fashion! My only option was to protest by giving him a hand signal. (By which I mean that I poignantly poked my watch a few times..)
I realize that there are some situations in which exceptions are not possible. Scientists have to follow a strict protocol when they’re conducting research, otherwise the results will not be valid. Pilots can’t jump over anything on their check lists. Boiling water WILL cause severe burns.
THIS, however, was not one of them. I’m sure his employer has told him that he is only allowed to take in passengers from bus stops, and maybe he also thinks that if he makes any kind of exception it will lead to a domino effect of all other rules also falling by the wayside, eventually resulting in complete chaos and the crumbling of civilisation.. Or he’s overworked and underpaid and has nothing left to give, who knows. Whatever the reason was, he was not using common sense. I had only walked about 50 meters from the bus stop and there were no cars behind him. Also, I smiled when I waved my arm.
Hmm, I wonder if it had made a difference if I had looked exactly like Ursula Andress when she emerges from the water in Dr. No..?
I bet it would have. He probably would have lost control of his bus and crashed into the cars parked on the side of the road. What would his employer say about THAT? Allowing someone to board the bus outside of a bus stop really doesn’t feel like such a big issue now, does it?
Perspective. Use it or you’ll lose it!