The Awesome Bus Driver You DIDN'T Hear about and the 1.5 Jerks You Did...
First, and foremost, I want to praise the amazing driver of the 44 O'Shaughnessy bus today, inbound to California and 6ht. There was a respite in today's rain and I thought I'd take the chance to go grocery shopping as I needed a restock. Anyway, I got on the bus and at Lincoln and 9th, the bus took on passengers and got a red light.
A woman, perhaps in her 60s, got on but got caught in a wind/rain smackdown that ensured getting her umbrella drawn would be a chore. While doing so she seemed to lose a piece of jewelry or something.
Now, the bus driver was awsome enough to help her on board to ensure she did not slip on the wet bus floor. But he noticed she'd dropped something and in an amazing Jedi Bus Driver move, opened the door, ran outside, grabbed the thing she dropped and ran inside and told her she'd lost something.
The look on her face was priceless and I swear, right then and there, this was a Hallmark Frakking Moment. Me, being the slopoke I am, was fumbling for the iPhone to take a pic, but all I got was this, where you can't see Driver McAwesome.
This is the kind of MUNI employee you want to praise. THIS is what "union labor" is supposed to be about - superior workers treated fairly, who respond in kind with, ahem, superior service. Hey, remember those ads about "look for the union label?" Well this is what it was supposed to mean.
So I Twittered this and was feeling good after a quick, smart shopping trip that cut my grocery bill by over 25%. Then I got home and read this foolish little rant from some pissed off TWU member.
I have always invited honest debate and discussion with the various unions within MUNI. Hell, go read my archives for the last 4 frakkin' years to find that out. It's not like overpaid MUNI bureaucrats are making any friend with us, the burdened taxpayers who pay for the system.
So when I read this crapola that told me to "get a damn car" well let's just say the awesomeness I was feeling about MUNI went straight out the window and frankly, if I read tomorrow that someone shipped TWU's leadership to Siberia, I wouldn't be crying. I mean, WTF?
The open hostility and contempt shown to you and I, the citizen/owners of MUNI by an overpaid jerkoff who clearly cares for nothing but lining their own pockets, was appalling. News flash, jerk: if you want to line your pockets without regard for others, go to Wall Street and get a job doing Madoff's gig. Otherwise STFU. I and my brothers and sister citizens who ride MUNI will be happy to back you up, but only if you back us up too. Fair's fair.
Finally, there's ABC7's report regarding that smackdown administered by a MUNI bus driver last month. After watching the camera footage, I think we have a case of a "one half bad" driver.
The driver was entitled to kick some drunk jerk off the bus - this we can agree on. But taking the bait and punching him out was stupid. Yes, driving a bus can suck (Hell I hate driving in San Francisco so much I gave up a car!) and I get that.
But when a pro lets themselves take the bait from some total loser who has nothing to lose is uncool. Like those of us in non-union contract jobs, sometimes you have to let it go, go take a run, go to yoga, have a Guinness or whatever and not let that troll ruin your day.
So, to be clear: Unions are good things. Most of MUNI's workers WANT to do a good job. The TWU has to stop backing up jerks who hate us, hate those who actually pay their salaries and need to learn the concept of "solidarity" with us, the many, who pay the bills and ride the bus and just want it to work.
Kicking us in the face does nothing but make us hate those who make the system run every day. It is time to end the choose-up-sider baloney and start thinking about how we're going to save our system and our City in the face of budget wackiness that's off the chain.
That is all.