Friday, November 7, 2008
Leave The Driving To Us
This morning we had a talkative STA driver. He told us a story--I can't verify it, but it's a good story nonetheless--while we waited for our departure time about how casual dress day came to an end for the Spokane Transit Authority. Apparently, one Friday a month the STA drivers could leave their uniform at home and wear regular clothes. One of the drivers rode a motorcycle and came to work wearing jeans, leather jacket, and a do-rag on his head. As is common at the Park and Ride, he parked and got off the bus to use the bathroom. He then stood outside and chatted with another driver until it was time to leave. All this time passengers were loading up on the driverless bus. The driver got on the bus and asked the passengers if anybody knew where the driver was. Nobody responded with anything more than a blank look. So he says, "I've always wanted to drive one of these things," gets in the driver's seat, and takes off. A couple of passengers got their cell phones out and frantically called the STA office to inform them their bus was now being driven by a motorcycle guy in a do-rag. So from that day on STA drivers were required to wear the uniform.