I get on the bus, and it’s empty except for three other passengers. One man in very nice shoes is sat right up the front of the bus, looking like he’s trying to practise invisibility. The other two are a couple of clearly drunk middle-aged persons. I tag on and walk past Mr Nice Shoes. He stares straight ahead. I soon learn why.
As I’m about to pass the couple, the bleary-eyed man says “Heeeello” and reaches out a hand to grab at me. I dodge him, say “Hi”, and keep going. This from the Grabber: “F–k you c—t, I was only being polite.”
From my position far, far down the back of the bus, I now notice that the woman with the Grabber is holding a dirty Chux to her forehead. She starts a halting but firm diatribe at the man.
“Who are you … even though I’m with you … who ARE YOU to tell me … to tell me to shut up?”
Man: “Oh, here we go.”
Woman: “Who … are you …”
Man: “Heerre, suck on this.”
Woman: “I’m not sucking on anything! I’m bleeding!”
Man: “Just finish this [evidently meaning drink].”
Woman: “I won’t finish it! … We’ll share it.”
Man: “How will we share it with you … with you bllessshhudinuh?”
The woman suddenly shrieks at the bus driver. “SHUDDINAHHHERE? We gone past it?”
The bus driver, to his credit, calmly replies, “Yes, we stop at the train station.”
Woman: “This gaawdutha train station?”
Bus driver: “Yes [sigh], we stop at the train station.”
Me? I press the bell and get off at the next stop, no matter where the hell it is. Sorry to the bus driver and Mr Nice Shoes, you’re on your own.