Post # 1
This came up recently when a friend of mine was up visiting from California. We got off the bus at the end of the line, and everyone leaving the bus thanked the driver. She thought this was strange, but I thought it’s normal! I always thank the driver, and so do most people around here.
So, do you say thank you to your driver?
Post # 3
Always. Everyone around me does. It would be weird if you didn’t.
Post # 4
Yes I say “Thank you, have a nice day”. It’s pretty standard…
Post # 5
That’s what I thought too, but my friend just thought it was so weird
Post # 6
Yeah, but I am fron the South where manners tend to prevail 😉
Post # 7
Always, if people in NYC can manage to do it I don’t know what excuse anyone else has.
Post # 8
haha, fair enough. I like to think the same goes for Canada lol 😛
Post # 9
Always! I would feel so bad getting off the bus without saying anything.
Post # 10
I generally don’t take the bus but I do thank the bus driver when I do and that does not seem weird to me.
Now, after I’ve thanked the toll booth operater, I realized that it was weird. What am I thanking them for? Taking my money?
Post # 11
When I took the bus on a regular basis I would say “good morning/aft/evening” when I got on. Might have said thanks, but not all the time.
Post # 12
I don’t ride a bus, but the times I have ridden one I always say “Thank you”. I realize that I pretty much thank everyone. I thanked a police officer after he gave me a ticket once. I dunno, I guess it’s just me being polite. I’m not thanking him for the ticket, or thanking the driver for the ride, but it’s like I’m thanking them for being semi-pleasant while doing their job… or thanking them for doing their job well? Hmmm… I guess I never thought about it before.
Funny story though- I draw blood in a peds clinic, and a little boy (about 5 or 6 yrs old) came in and had his blood drawn. His mom told him to thank me, and he did. On the way out, I heard the little boy ask his mom “Why do I thank someone for pokin’ me wif a neeeedle?” I almost died laughing!!!
Post # 13
I was just wondering this yesterday!! Fiance and I both work at a hospital so we have to use park and ride. After our quick bus ride back to our parking lot, everyone always says “thanks” before getting off the bus. I was wondering if it was just a southern thing, or if people in big cities with huge public transport systems did it too!
Post # 14
I’m with you, I pretty much thank everyone for everything.
Post # 15
I always do, however, I usually never hear anyone else say it. I only take the bus in the mornings though, 4 times a week, so I am not on public transit long enough to make a great generalization. 🙂
Post # 16
Oh dear… I’m in the minority here. Fiance and I talked about this before. I don’t thank bus drivers because I think it’s condescending to thank someone for doing their job. He disagreed and gave lots of other examples where you thank people for doing their jobs, so I see the point.