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Had words with a NICE driver today
Posted by NIMBYkiller on Fri Apr 27 19:19:08 2012Well unfortunately I had some words with a driver on the N23. I went to catch the 5:00 departure from Manorhaven to get the 5:23 train to the city (had to go to Secaucus to meet my bus inbound from Delaware). At 5:02 the bus was rolling past us still heading towards the Manorhaven terminal inbound from Mineola. This is something that happens all the time and I understand that delays further up the line can lead to a bus arriving late for its next run. HOWEVER, instead of turning and burning, he sat up at the Manorhaven terminal for 8 minutes. At 5:11, he finally pulled up. The following convo ensued:
Me: "Hey man, what took you so long to make the turn around? Some of us have trains we have to catch"
Me: "Are we going to make the train?"
Driver: "How should I know, I don't know when the train leaves"
Me: "5:23, what took you so long to make the turn around"
Driver: "That's not my problem"
Me: "You were supposed to leave at 5:00"
Driver: "Why don't you shut up"
I told him I understand the schedule can be tight but reminded him that he sat up at the start for way longer than he needed to. The bus pulled up to the station right at 5:23PM and since I didn't already have a ticket, I missed the train. It made it pointless for me to go in since the next train wasn't until 6:24, so I had to pay a friend in Jersey to do my job for me. I asked him for his name and his badge number and he refused initially, and then only gave me his first name, Mark. I understand telling him he was due out at 5 wasn't really worth much since he was late into Manorhaven already, but what kind of professional just sits at the start when he's already late and then tells a passenger to shut up when he reminds him he was wrong? For only the second time since I first started riding the buses in 7th grade, I'm filing a complaint.
5PM N23 from Manorhaven to Mineola