33 thoughts on “Ask A Broadsheet Reader

      1. ZeligIsJaded

        By not wandering on to the road as the bus approaches etc.

        Never underestimate the stupidity of pedestrians!

        The phone zombie variety are especially fuppin dense!

  1. philip slattery

    should be ‘Correctly’.

    the amount of saps that get on before letting people off….

      1. Murtles

        I hear ya Brother. Auld wans, who probably use the bus everyday, never seem to learn that when the doors opens, people go both ways. But no it’s straight on with the shopping trolley or overly sized handbag, the skippy tutting all the way to the seat to admonish those who dare try to get off before they sit down. They can’t all have the alzheimers that they can’t remember to wait 1 minute for people to disembark.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          I HATE THE BUS!
          I was first in the queue going into town last week. The bus pulled in past me and they all RAN on before me, the c-bags. Except for one nice man with two teenage sons. He made them stand back and let me on first. Probs coz I’m SMOKIN’ HAWT, but the gesture was appreciated as I said SO LONG SUCKERS and made the bus driver go off without them.*

          *I’m inclined to lie at the end of stories when I realise they’re boring as crap.

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            Thing is, I do the same with Mildred’s but laminate them first so they’re wipe clean.

          2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            I hear ya. I guess I’m doing myself a disservice. I’m an awesome writer. Tis like pearls before swine on here, really.

          3. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            In what movie did they say something was awe-inspiring and they all said “awwwwwww” really patronisingly? I’m thinking The History of the World, Part I but I might be wrong.

        2. Dermie

          Except for the ignorant saps that depart a bus even when the middle door is open. They are the ones I gladly push out of my way when I get on the bus…

  2. Alfred Nobel-Savage

    After seven years of blueshirt government, they’re going for tier two issues of social control.

    “Stand up straight and get on the bus proles.”

    Or am I unfairly blaming blueshirt thinking here when it was likely Lord Ross?

  3. Bertie Blenkinsop

    The queue for the old 40C in Finglas used to be positively biblical –
    “the first will be last; and the last, first” …

    1. Brother Barnabas

      if you view it as a competitive sport, it’s fascinating. i watched a tight group of south dublin housewives (not helped by high heels, wide-brim hats and shopping bags) jostling for position with a more determined crew of middle-aged spanish golfers (disadvantaged by short stature and round tummies) at a departure gate in barcelona airport a couple of days ago. i had an attenborough-esque commentary going on in my head. dublin women ultimately conceded defeat (wrongly assumed eyerolls and loud tutt-tutts would have an effect)

  4. AFoxIndeed

    a pet peeve of mine is having to go to the driver with your leap card to get the correct fair while everyone else just jumps on and tags on.

    They’re not all going the full way, but are they paying the full price? that’s their problem, I just hate that they get on before me ha. No queing system in place

  5. Ian-O

    Rarely use the bus but I find that more and more the concept of a queue is being lost on the younger generation (and I am only in my early 40’s so hardly an OAP).

    Many a time I have stood behind the bus stop in what I would have thought was the correct place to stand (bus coming from behind the stop so you stand behind it or is that just me?) and wait, bus comes and everybody just forms a mass and tries to squash on. So yeah, I can see their point as I have seen people whacked with still open umbrellas, older people shoved aside and so on. On a quiet suburban stop not that big a deal but on the busy city quays it can be a bit more dangerous.

    Also, I find it quite depressing how few people are willing to give up their seats for the eldery, pregnant and disabled – I’m not singing my own praises but I use the bus little enough that standing for the 40-60 min duration is almost a novelty for me.

    1. Walter says so

      Correct, it’s just common manners. Some of the youth of today must have been dragged up rather than brought up. Getting to the bus stop last but getting on first. See the same plebs every day at it

  6. Liam Deliverance

    I make an effort to take note of those present at the stop when I arrive and let them board before me and if we are having a moan it’s people who stand directly outside the Luas doors when you are trying to get off, back it up there people I’m not Slimer!

  7. Starina

    I’m not sure I understand. Is the photo in the PSA meant to be an example of good queuing or bad queuing?

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