However, a few weeks before that I had been standing just behind him as he almost drove into a cyclist. This being on Cambridge's Hills Road, the cyclist was in his own cycle lane and the bus had enough (not lots, but enough) room to drive in its own lane past him. The bus driver didn't seem to appreciate that he had actually driven over the line into the cycle lane, which I clearly could see through the front window.
"Black twat!" he exclaimed . Turning to an old lady by the door "That's the problem with them, bring 'em over and they're fucking useless". She does the old lady smile-and-nod. He carries on with a statement as to how this country needs the NF.
I found this all pretty surprising as I had just got on the bus and was standing just back from his cab.
Getting off the bus, he seemed pretty polite to me (called me "mate"). I then made a new friend by asking the woman who turns out to work in the same building as me (different company) if I should report him. She said I should, but I never got around to it; I used the excuse that it wouldn't change anything, but at least was honest enough to say I didn't want any hassle with my only means of getting to work too.
I found it an interesting reflection on an old conversation where we talked about how hard it can be to spot racism. I think I'd posted with the assumption that I always could. Now I am wondering if I'm missing it, chalking up odd behaviour to people just being incompetent rather than passive aggressive. Thinking like that probably leads to chronic paranoia though.
Of course, the driver might just have been a fuckwit and really thought his advice was helpful.
Whatever, I probably deserved to chill for not reporting him.
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