What happens if the bus conductor gets left behind? Although accidents do happen, someone’s gotta have to make a juggling act.
Daily commuter John Pabs Calizo witnessed that one time that the bus conductor got left behind in SM Fairview, unbeknownst to the driver.
The post’s rough translation:
Because the bus went straight (en route) to Baclaran, we didn’t realize that the conductor was left behind in SM Fairview. The driver even asked us where he was. It ended up that many of the passengers had a free trip, HAHAHAHAHA! The driver won’t be able to refund it because the collected fares are with the conductor. I went down because I would be late for work.
WHEN IN MANILA has reached out to Calizo for further details.
Araw araw sumasakay ako ng bus para pumasok hanggang crossing Shaw. Usually ordinary sinasakyan ko mas mura kasi, sumasakay ako from Tungko. Yung bus na yun hataw talaga as in, ‘dun nagbayad na ako andun pa yung konduktor, so yung bandang Fairview na kami medyo slowdown na sya nagaantay ng pasahero. Then may nakakakita ng pasahero na bumaba daw yung konduktor, ewan ko kung nagpabarya o ano kasi di ko din naman napansin at di din siguro aware yung nakakita kung bumalik o naiwan talaga yung konduktor kasi ang sabi nya lang nakita nya bumaba at umakyat yung mga sasakay na pasahero. Ayun, hataw na hanggang Commonwealth, napansin niya na lang na yung mga bumababang pasahero kanya-kanya na, yung tipong sila na nag sasabi sa driver na bababa na sila, kinakalampag yung pintuan para makita ng driver. Nung huminto kami sa tapat ng Techno Hub, akala ko nasiraan yung bus kasi medyo may nangangamoy na sunog na goma sa likod, sabay tanong ng driver sa pasahero kung nasaan na yung konduktor.
I took photos kasi natawa din ako sarili nyang konduktor naiwan, yung ibang pasahero bumaba na, yung mga galing Fairview. Siguro sila yung nga hindi nagbayad. Then nag forward yung bus hanggang Philcoa, tapos may tinawagan siya, and I’m sure na hindi konduktor kausap nya kundi yung sa company, tapos tinanong ko yung driver kung asan na, hindi naman daw nagpaalam na bumaba – hindi sya aware. So nag antay pa kami ng 15 minutes. Since nakapag bayad na ‘ko, sayang naman kung bababa agad ako and take a trip to another bus. At nung konti na lang kami marami ding nakapag bayad na bumaba na, wala naman kasi kaming magagawa kasi wala sa driver yung tickets at pera, kaya bumaba na dn ako dahil papasok pa lang ako ng work.
Kaya hindi ko alam kung nagkita pa sila ng driver at konduktor. At yung bus nag aantay padin bandang Philcoa.
Every day, I take the bus going to work and I get down around Shaw. Usually, I ride ‘normal’ vehicles since it’s cheaper, and I hop in from Tungko. The bus I was on, was on full force, as in – I was able to pay my fare while the conductor was still there, so around Fairview area, the bus slowed down and we were waiting for passengers. One passenger was able to witness the conductor go down the bus, I’m not exactly sure if he looked for a place to break down his bills or whatever since I wasn’t able to notice and no one was aware if he came back or if the conductor got left behind because that passenger said that he saw the conductor go down while the passengers hopped on the bus. There, the bus swiftly went to around Commonwealth area, then the conductor noticed that the passengers went down on their own, to the point that they told the driver themselves that they were going to disembark. They banged the door just so that the driver could see. When the bus stopped at around Techno Hub area, I thought the bus broke down because there was a scent of burnt rubber going around, and that’s when the driver asked us passengers where the conductor went.
I took photos because even I found it funny that the conductor got left behind, the other passengers went down, those who hopped on from Fairview. Maybe it was them who weren’t able to pay. The bus drove away until Philcoa area. The driver was on the phone with someone, and I’m sure that he wasn’t speaking to the company. I asked the driver where the conductor went, and he told me that the conductor did not inform him that he was going down, he wasn’t aware. We waited for 15 more minutes. Since I was able to pay my fare already, I found it a waste if I’d go down and take a trip to another bus. When there were only a few of us passengers left, and when many were able to pay and disembark, we basically couldn’t do anything about it because the bus driver didn’t have the tickets and the money, so I eventually got down because I have to go to work.
I don’t know for sure if the driver and conductor saw each other. And that bus ended up waiting still at around Philcoa area.
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