(Closed) Do you thank your bus driver?

posted 9 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you thank your bus driver?

    All the time


    I don't take public transit


  • Post # 3
    4500 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Always. Everyone around me does. It would be weird if you didn’t. 

    Post # 4
    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Yes I say “Thank you, have a nice day”. It’s pretty standard…

    Post # 6
    2861 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Yeah, but I am fron the South where manners tend to prevail 😉

    Post # 7
    5843 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Always, if people in NYC can manage to do it I don’t know what excuse anyone else has.

    Post # 9
    724 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Always! I would feel so bad getting off the bus without saying anything. 

    Post # 10
    624 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    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
    1425 posts
    Bumble bee

    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
    5473 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
    2693 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2008

    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
    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @DaneLady:  I’m with you, I pretty much thank everyone for everything. 

    Post # 15
    695 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    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
    3622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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.

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