Well, I'm not one of those people.
I thank the bus driver as I'm getting off of the bus.
And although I personally don't consider this an abnormal thing to do, I've noticed that a lot of people do think it's odd. A few friends have commented on it, telling me that it's a bit weird- the bus driver doesn't need thanking, he's hardly done anything for you and he gets paid anyway. You wouldn't thank a tube driver, so why say it to bus drivers? Plus, people just don't talk to each other randomly on buses. JEEZE YOLANDA!
Well, friends- and strangers too, who have given me plenty of "Oooh she's a bit strange" looks on the bus- I think I owe you an explanation.
It's very simple. Genuine gratitude.
I know it's the bus drivers' job to drive people from place to place, but without that bus driver, I wouldn't be able to get home, or I would have to walk and it would take ages. I try to appreciate the simple things that people do for me (although I'm sure my parents wouldn't quite agree there!) and so my basic gesture of thanks is... well, to say it.
I also say it because I expect it feels absolutely crap to do a tiring, repetitive job with long hours and less-than-fantastic pay, dealing with difficult teenagers who won't pay, and idiots who don't understand that dinging the bell once is enough- and then at the end of that, to not be at all appreciated. In fact, the bus drivers round where I live now always smile at me because I always say thanks at my stop. I think it cheers them up a tiny bit.
Which I guess probably makes them a bit nicer to other people, like you when you've forgotten your Oyster card, and they let you on anyway.
So yeah. You're welcome!
Comment what you think of this bizarre social phenomenon of thanking people for the things that they do for you! Dissaprove? Love it? I WANT TO KNOW- so comment below, because I expect I am outnumbered in people that think this is a bit weird!