Have you ever boarded a bus to find that you have nowhere to sit because another rider is hogging several seats? Are you privy to a fellow rider’s family drama because you couldn’t avoid a lengthy and loud cell phone conversation during your ride? Or have you (yes, YOU!) ever fallen asleep on the bus, nestled up against a stranger, after a long day at work?
Sometimes, we all need to take a mindful look at our own behavior on the bus. Though most of us are well-meaning, we can all fail to be respectful of others, even without realizing it. Capital Metro’s new courtesy campaign, Pain in the Bus, issues friendly reminders for all riders to be considerate of others, so that everyone experiences a pleasant and comfortable commute.
We are taking a humorous approach to communicating ways to avoid causing some of the serious courtesy issues faced by our riders. A series of comical placards, featuring some of the most egregious infractions on good manners, are being rolled out onto buses this year.
Hopefully, you don’t recognize any of these characters. Or if you see yourself in any of these examples, please be more cognizant of others and mind your manners!
The Blockhead keeps others from getting on or off the bus.
The Fine Diner risks having his cookies tossed on the moving bus, and ruining the ride for others with drippy spills and noxious-smelling foods.
The Sleeping Beauty’s napping habits make for an unsafe ride.
The Delusionist doesn’t notice or doesn’t care that no one is impressed with his distracting tricks, slowing everyone down.
The Loudmouth leaves fellow riders with an earache, proudly voicing his opinions, counseling others and sharing the latest gossip.
The Coin Collector holds up others when, after boarding, he slowly counts coins to pay his fare.
Joel Keith, an Austin-based comic, is star of the web series The Hungry Todd Rungy Show, engaging in weird and funny antics. Cast in Capital Metro’s Pain in the Bus campaign, Keith portrays seven different crass bus riders on their worst behavior. He will appear at the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival Labor Day weekend in 2016.