don't ride greyhound unless you like dirt, smells, fear, delays and stupidity... my friends experience... at least he didn't get covered in cockroaches or have his head cut off

  • dommyinlosang...

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    Apr 07, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    i like to share little incidents my friends get into... one in particular has had a bad few months... adorably nice gay 20something... first he was fired over a scarf that went missing at his job that he had nothing to do with (post is somewhere here about it)... then fired 6 weeks later for telling the owner he wasn't getting all his tips... now a bad trip on a greyhound bus...

    i had no idea greyhound was such a terrible experience...

    he had multiple options of transportation to go back home but the bus seemed the best choice for various reasons... price was really not a big deal... but time and location of drop off right near his small town was a major factor...

    so i drop him off at the greyhound terminal (in a scary bad part of downtown LA) at 130am. at this point i knew this was a bad idea. he's dressed in a purple sweater, his hair is spiked up... looking cute for a night out in weho... but not here lol... he's surrounded by... let's just say a lot of angry poor grumpy straight people who may not appreciate the gays as much as we do... he flops his hair down trying to look less obvious, sits and waits

    he notices people putting their bags on the ground. doesn't think much of it other than that they will prob be taking them and putting them on the bus. but after a while the girl there makes a quick announcement and everyone races to their bags. it's like a blur. turns out this is the line to get on the bus and their bags were holding their place. so even though he was there early he ended up last.

    ok... his mistake but who knew right?

    then he doesn't even get on the bus with 20 others because they overbooked. thank you greyhound.

    they claim 20 minutes for a new bus but it doesn't come... he asks how long and the girl gets annoyed with him... i mean the nerve of him to keep asking right? she keeps saying 20 mins. ha. 90 minutes later... 3am... the new bus comes.

    he goes to get in line and some new people had shown up to take the bus as well... but they think my friend is cutting in line and start cursing him out. he's pretty scared at this point. tried to explain to them but they wouldn't listen. kept yelling to shut the fuck up... one scary angry man in particular... he's again in the back of the line.

    he tries to explain to the girl clerk there that he's gonna miss his transfer but she didnt seem to get it at first. then he's told that a transfer connection at Fresno would be waiting for him... they lied of course... when he gets to Fresno the next bus is 5 hours away as regularly scheduled...

    he puts up a fit, then one finally nice and smart employee there understands and tells him he can take another bus that's about to leave for Modesto which is close to where he's heading.

    my friend goes to the bus driver as requested by the clerk but the bus driver, an asshole, tells him he cant ride... is rude about it, it's against regulations... even though there are plenty of empty seats on the bus... my friend goes back and tells the clerk what's happening... the bus driver overhears and gets into a fight with the nice clerk. the clerk tries to explain how my friend got screwed but the bus driver just didn't care.

    i just don't understand why common sense and politeness doesn't instinctively kick in with certain people.

    after a heated discussion the bus driver finally lets my friend on the bus and then he ends up behind the crazy angry man who yelled at him back in LA.

    Add to this the bus smelled really bad. was dirty. As was the previous one. Some people might be like "well what do you expect" and that's sad. I mean shouldn't this company have some respect for themselves, their customers. I have ridden the bus here in LA a bunch of times... clean, safe.

    At least he wasn't covered by cockroaches like that horror bus story from a few weeks ago. or had his head cut off like some adorable young guy had done to him when he was on a bus in Canada a few years ago. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Tim_McLean

    I don't know if all greyhounds are like this everywhere or it's a California thing... but lesson learned.



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    Apr 07, 2013 8:21 PM GMT
    A few months ago..a bud of mine got a DUI and had to grey hound it twice a month for work..

    He is one picky S.O.B.. and he actually had a good time ...

    Made me consider taking a few cross country trips..
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    Apr 07, 2013 8:31 PM GMT
    That story rocked Canada. It's been close to 5 years since it happened and I still feel sick any time I see it or read about it.

    Your friend's experience seems worse than the Greyhound screwups that one could expect on occasion. I've ridden the Greyhound a few times within British Columbia when flights were too expensive and I haven't had any issue, but then I'm just one person.
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    Apr 07, 2013 9:06 PM GMT
    Your friend really seems to get a raw end of the deal.
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    Apr 07, 2013 9:26 PM GMT
    As well, up here a driver hit a passenger (being investigated) and a few weeks ago another simply abandoned the bus halfway to Alberta and left a busload of passengers.

    Today there is a letter in the paper from a woman who booked two seats. When she got on, passengers were in some cases sprawled across two seats (who had paid for one) and she had to sit with her son in her lap. When they stopped at Chilliwack (part way through the trip) she asked the driver if he could talk to some of the passengers as she'd paid for two tickets and required two seats.
    He flatly refused. So now we wait to see if this is true or not.
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    Apr 07, 2013 11:13 PM GMT
    juvenescences saidThat story rocked Canada. It's been close to 5 years since it happened and I still feel sick any time I see it or read about it.

    Your friend's experience seems worse than the Greyhound screwups that one could expect on occasion. I've ridden the Greyhound a few times within British Columbia when flights were too expensive and I haven't had any issue, but then I'm just one person.


    that canada story freaked me out... and i find it challenging my ideas of justice... the guy, let's be honest, was clearly insane (amazing how disgusting a story it was)... something snapped or was building up in his head and he didn't sanely choose to do what he did... i think a dysfunction in the brain makes as much sense as one in the heart or liver etc... we don't blame someone for an irregular heartbeat for instance... canada said he's crazy which i agree with... he goes to crazy institution which i agree with... so i read he's gotten or is getting better... talked about how he heard voices in his head... god was talking to him... etc... let's assume he's being honest... and it's all true... should he be released if he's completely cured? should someone still be punished for a crime even though it was through no conscious fault of their own? the logical side of me says yes... he should not go to jail and be released if he's cured... i believe that's how some of the real world acts... (not America today) but the other side of me looks at pics of that young guy and wonders was he just the victim of bad luck and no more? is that fair? should the guy be in jail the rest of his life for behavior that may not have been his fault.
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    Apr 07, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
    Fivealive saidYour friend really seems to get a raw end of the deal.


    and he's a bottom too lol on the bright side he's going to italy for 2 weeks soon... a trip he planned before all the firings... my worry is the bad luck continues. hope not
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    Apr 07, 2013 11:42 PM GMT
    In 1980 I returned to the US, having broken up with my Army Officer wife in Germany. I was staying on leave with my parents in northern New Jersey, unsure what my next Army assignment would be. I had applied for the MP Officer Advanced Course, my next professional development step.

    Suddenly I got a phone call, saying I was on orders for the next course. My travel orders would come out of Fort Hamilton, over in New York.

    But Ft. Hamilton said it was too quick to get me plane reservations, I would have to leave on a Trailways bus out of Port Authority in Manhattan the next day.

    WTF??? I'm an Army Captain, and you're sending me on a BUS to Alabama???

    But I was told those were my orders, no negotiations. If I wanted to make that class I was going on a bus. The contract movers would come to my parents' home for my household goods later. I had no choice, it was the Army.

    So I rode goddam buses 1100 miles to Anniston Alabama. Changing several times, one of the legs a local route through Baltimore. I was afraid the whole time, uncomfortable, it stank, and I never slept nor ate.

    And when I got to Anniston, Alabama a full 20 hours later, a shuffling Black porter came up to me calling me "Massah" and asking to take my bags. I was horrified. I had no idea such things still existed in the US.

    Only later did I learn that this was one of the same bus stations that had been the scene of riots and protests during the Black Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. It seemed to me that little had changed.

    So that is my memory of interstate bus travel. Which I hope never to experience again.
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    Apr 08, 2013 1:59 AM GMT
    Greyhounds are always sketchy.

    Memorable moments:

    -Edmonton to Bonnyville. Drunken dude kept putting his stocking feet on my arm rest, finally got sick of it , ripped his sock off and threw it to the front of the bus.

    -Orlando to Tampa. Lady at the airport overheard my convo about taking the greyhound to Tampa. She pulled me aside and fearfully insisted that I not take the bus. She told me it was not safe and to get inside the station immediately upon exiting the cab. Do not go to the convienience store accross the street,I would not make it back. She was not lying to me, I honestly feared for my life.

    -Phoenix to Palm Springs. Crazy women haning out pickles in a ziploc baggie to passengers while breast feeding her baby. Her other tit kept flopping all over when we hit a bump. Homeless people from Kentucky inhaled those pickles.

    Palm Springs to San Diego. Bat fuck crazy retired military guy that claimed he was off to prison for killing a snake with 8 hairs growing out its tail. He got into a raging argument with other soldiers on the bus and was kicked off. Border patrol detained two passengers outside San Diego and held up our ride for an hour.

    Sacramento to San Fran was the only safe, enjoyable greyhound trip ever.

    Bonus: Greyhound now has wifi!!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 08, 2013 7:54 AM GMT
    26mileman said
    -Edmonton to Bonnyville. Drunken dude kept putting his stocking feet on my arm rest, finally got sick of it , ripped his sock off and threw it to the front of the bus.

    I feel for you. That route would be an awful ride to begin with.