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Re: Fare Beaters..what's the driver SUPPOSED To do?

Posted by Brooklyn67 on Fri Jun 1 23:45:57 2012, in response to Re: Fare Beaters..what's the driver SUPPOSED To do?, posted by WayneJay on Fri Jun 1 21:47:32 2012.

You have to do what works for you, out there on the road, and as much as I'd like to reinforce rules, common sense and situational differences also factor in how to handle these things. From my perspective as a hawk/owl driver for most of my NYCTA career, it was me out there, alone, for the better part of 6 hours daily. Most of the things I preach are a direct result of working the hawks and having no choice but to make the best possible decisions to avoid conflict at all times. I'm not saying everything I preach is correct; we all have our own ways of handling things, but I am saying that everything I preach here worked for me in avoiding conflict and going home with my health and sanity.

This is not to say I never had any problems -- of course I did, everyone does at some point, it comes with the territory, but for the most part, my compliments, commendations and the warm welcoming gestures from my people far exceeded my problems. Working the hawk tours, however, afford the opportunity of getting to know your regular people on a much more personal level. When that happens, and it always happened on whatever route I drove, issues that might otherwise turn into problems became trivial, as my regulars would "have my back" the instant a potential situation began and diffuse them without my having to say a word!

Then again, I'm not like most bus drivers. I did what worked for me out there. It seemed to work just fine for everyone concerned. I wasn't issued a gun with my badge, and never acted as if I were anything other than a bus driver. I treated everyone who entered my bus with respect. And I didn't sweat the small stuff. The fare is small stuff.

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