Over the past week, I was lucky enough to visit two people who are very dear to me. The first person I visited was my friend in Boston. She recently graduated and moved back there, so it was perfect timing to go visit. We did so many fun things! We saw historical sites, rode the trains and buses, spent time with her family, ate lots of good food, etc. After I had been with her a few days, I took the bus to go see my brother in New York. I had so much fun with him too. I don't get to see him very much so it was so nice to spend time with him!
In the middle of my trip (traveling from Boston to New York) is where the crazy story happens...
As I was waiting for the mega bus to arrive in Boston, I was already not looking forward to a five hour bus ride with tons of stinky people. I often get car sick and have to use the bathroom, which is literally a talent in those buses. Eventually it was time to board the bus. I got on and sat near the front on the top of the bus which is always a good thing. Hours past and I began getting car sick. The bus driver didn't seem to care about all of the jolts she was putting us through by constantly stomping on her breaks. Three hours into the bus ride, this would be the least of my worries. As we were riding along, I was listening to some podcasts - trying to enjoy my time as much as I could. As I'm listening to my podcast with both of my headphones in, I heard some yelling happening somewhere in the bus. I took my head phones off to hear what was going on and all of a sudden the bus driver began speaking through the intercom in a frantic tone, "excuse me ladies and gentlemen, there is a passenger on this bus who just threatened to shoot the mega bus. I feel scared and so I am going to pull over and get the police involved..."
So, here I am - an innocent person thinking that a passenger on the bus has a gun and is going to go through the bus and shoot all of us. My heart started beating so fast and I didn't know what to do because I felt so helpless. Two passengers from the upper floor immediately went downstairs to help with the situation while the rest of us were sweating, waiting to see if the problem would get resolved. There was some more yelling between the bus driver and some of the passengers, then all of a sudden the yelling stopped. The passengers came upstairs and everything seemed to be okay. About an hour later, the bus driver decided to pull over and said, "I'm sorry ladies and gentlemen, I can't drive any longer. I still feel nervous with this passenger on board and feel so sick that I'm not really driving well." When the bus driver pulled over, we were all so confused. We were 45 minutes away from our destination and didn't know what was happening. Eventually, 8 police cars showed up, people from the bus gave witness reports, then the bus driver left and told us that another driver would be taking us the rest of the way. As we waited on the side of the road for about an hour and fifteen minutes, I discovered what really happened...
There was a passenger on the bus sitting near the bus driver who decided to make a phone call. Because he was so close to the bus driver, the bus driver said, "sir, will you please go to the back of the bus or end your phone call, because you are distracting me while I'm driving." The passenger got upset about this and then some unpleasant interactions occurred between the bus driver and the passenger, when the passenger said, "I'm going to SUE mega bus for interrupting my conversation." The bus driver replied, "you're going to SHOOT mega bus!?!" From then on out, the bus driver could not be convinced that the passenger did not say that. She made us scared for our lives, delayed our bus ride for over an hour, and on top of that wouldn't communicate properly with the passenger. Everyone on the bus was so mad when they found out what really happened. The bus driver didn't seem to care though. We were all at the mercy of the bus driver who wasn't willing to communicate properly.
Crazy right?? If the bus driver would've taken time to understand or listen, no one would've felt threatened at all. People are so crazy sometimes!!
Luckily the rest of my trip was a blast and now I have a story to tell!!