Hurry Up and Wait

Hurry Up and Wait
2011-11-13 00:21

3 thoughts on “Hurry Up and Wait

  1. I had a court appearance the other day in the New York City court house (part of a continuing saga about the courthouses and court system that will soon be discussed in various topics of this site). But on this day, I had to appear at 9:00am (which is a terrible way to start any day… rush hour on the subway trains in NYC). Needless to say the trains were late (and arrived with the odor of a bathroom) so I ran up the stairs passing everyone on the left. I swerved in and out of the street and sidewalk and arrived at the courthouse huffing and puffing only to see two lines going around the block for people to pass the two metal detectors inside. Once again, I hurried up just so I could wait… a full hour to get inside. There ought to be another law.
  2. My daughter had a doctor’s appointment today and I got a call 2 hours before her appointment asking if I could come in right then because they had a cancellation. I said yes and rushed to make it there as soon as I could just to sit in the waiting room for more than a half hour waiting for them to see her. A classic case of hurry up and wait.
  3. The other day I needed to take a bus out of town to arrive in time for a concert on the other side. So I checked the schedule of a prominent bus company (NOT Academy Bus) and decided the 5:00pm would get me there in plenty of time. As time drew near I realized that I would have trouble making that bus unless I took a cab. So I paid the extra money and did just that. Then I hastened my step in the bus station, (doing HomeAerobics all the way) and actually arrived at the line for the bus fourteen minutes early. Imagine my surprise and irritation along with a full bus load of people on line when we found out (at 5:01pm) that the bus was late. And then later. And even later than that. At 5:35 pm, the bus finally pulled into the gate loading and leaving at 5:45 pm, a mere forty-five minutes late! There really ought to be a law* that if a business prints schedules (and lists them online) they adhere to them within a few minutes maximum. That’s what they demand from their customers. If you’re running a few minutes late, you can’t call them and ask them to wait for you so why should you have to wait forty-five minutes for them and miss another “scheduled” event due to their extreme tardiness? They should not be allowed to make their customers hurry up and wait. To further exacerbate the situation, the bus company provided no information whatsoever to its loyal customers on line. Not even the respect of someone advising (as time dragged on) that the 5:00 pm bus had still not arrived. If they had informed their customers, many of them would have chosen to move over to the empty line for the 5:30 pm bus realizing that they’d arrive at the same general time. Another surprise! When the bus pulled out of the terminal at 5:45 pm, the 5:30 pm bus had not yet arrived. See posting on Surprise and There Ought To Be A Law On Public Transportation…

    *While they’re making laws, there ought to be one governing whether or not “pigs” should be let on public transportation buses meant for humans. The “No smoking, No spitting” law just doesn’t cover it any more. Many seats on a previously used bus (because most bus companies do not clean their buses between trips) had been used as a large garbage pail with leftover chicken bones, other food and drinks and crumpled tissues and napkins all over the place… unidentifiable sticky stuff on the seats…and one can only imagine what else. At least the bus company should provide the mop and pail and the Lysol spray.

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