City Jerks Uncovered: Part 1

Violation: Bus Driver Cutting Off Car. Car Retaliates With Collison &Cut-Off
Location: Around 8th & Brannan Streets
Date & Time: Wednesday May 3, 2006 @ 2:45 PM
License or Vehicle #: 1116981
Violator Description: Male, Asian American, Extremely Angry

Event Details: While riding my motorcycle back to the office from lunch I came to a stoplight. At that stoplight there was a black station wagon in the left lane and a double-length city bus in the right lane. As these 2 vehicles approached the light in front of me, the station wagon signaled and planned on switching lanes in front of the bus. The bus drivers reply was to yell frantically at the car driver, honk the horn, and to pull his bus so close to the other car that it couldn’t move. They both stopped at the light and the bus driver continued to inch his bus further and further ahead to avoid any chance of the station wagon getting ahead of him. When the light changed, the bus driver FLOORED IT much to the surprise of the station wagon who ended up turning into the side of the bus.

Both drivers sat there, neither able to move because their vehicles were touching. Eventually the station wagon put it in reverse, backed out, and slammed on the gas until she was eventually able to make an illegal turn in front of the bus to the right, from the far left lane.

The Problem: Having someone this angry, impatient, hostile and rude behind the wheel of a bus carrying loads of people is not right. The bus driver thinking he has the right to ride in any lane with no respect for painted lines or signs, to be in anyones way, and to force people (with the size of his bus) to do what he wants them to is not acceptable either.

Shame Factor:

* Since this is the first in a series (hopefully) of posts on this topic, I will explain the point of these posts. I get really irritated by the San Francisco Government/City Officials that feel they have the right to do whatever they want because they work for the city. This includes police officers, bus drivers, city workers, etc. These posts are my therapy to get past the anger I feel towards these people for abusing the system. The shame factor is on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being extremely shameful.

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