September 7th, 2006
|10:00 pm - The funniest post I've seen in a long time|
Though it may not be so funny to the non-MUNI riding folks. Back Door!
"FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, STEP DOWN."
Ahahahahaha! Man, they kept that up for a while :)
|Date:||September 8th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)|| |
Holy shit, I was just thinking how that would be a good "how San Francisco are you" quiz. Just one question - what is the proper response to BACK DOOR?
Though I have utilized the "Back Door!" yell because the 22 driver hates stopping at my closest stop. That door won't open no matter where you step when the driver rolls through the stop sign on Hermann.
They do hate our stop!
I rode it on Weds and had the same thing happen.
yeah, if I don't feel the urge to yell "Back door!" I usually mosey up to the front of the bus and tell the driver that yes, I actually want to get off there and not Haight St. But w/kids that's a little tougher.
you know what's really weird abt that phenomenon? like, how do the people know the system well enough to scream 'back door' but dont know it well enough to know how to do it? or did they just hear someone scream 'back door' 5 minutes beforehand for the first time?
|Date:||September 8th, 2006 07:27 am (UTC)|| |
some of us come from east bay. where 'step down' doesn't work and most of the time the driver does, actually, have to open the door, although the newer busses have buttons.
yes, i understand why people wouldnt know to step down. but is "back door!" also the statement of choice over there? my question is how people know one piece of Muni inside info and not the other.
We have back doors in Chicago, too. And it's possible for the driver of the bus to only open the front one. And then you get people yelling "back door!" Often as the bus pulls away from the stop. It starts with one person, but you can get a whole half a busload of people yelling it before the driver responds sometimes.
im actually referring to the notion that people dont know how to open the door, even if they are familiar enough to know which two key phrases usually work.
also in NY and Brooklyn, it's not uncommon for the driver to only open the front doors. but it's still embarrassing to admit that i've totally been that MUNI "back door" jack-ass. oopsss.
wow, i must have really misstated my question.
It seems just logically obvious that if you're standing at the back door and it's not opening and you want it to open, you yell "back door!" to the driver, no matter what city you're in. In other words, the first half is generic. It's the *response* that is canonical to MUNI.
i dont know that's it's generically universal. for many oblivious people on muni the immediate reaction is to say,. 'driver!' or 'um..can you open the back'..not the automatic shortened version that comes from habit.
I can't ever recall anyone on MUNI yelling anything other than "back door." Some kind of localized meme?
|Date:||September 8th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)|| |
you don't have to have ridden MUNI much to have that be funny as hell.
|Date:||September 8th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm guessing there's a photo in that entry, but no matter how many times I load the page, it doesn't show up.
no photo. it's just a very SF Muni exchange ... :)
|Date:||September 8th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)|| |
Ah. I've heard it. I just never found it that amusing. :)
But then I know I probably have an entirely too "red state" view of public employees to amused by that kind of stuff.
no, here the sympathy is usually on the side of the muni driver who can't get it through someone's #^#$(*&*# head that you have to STEP DOWN to make the door open. although sometimes the little green light doesn't come on. since i didn't come equipped with a yell, i usually haul up to the front of the bus at that time and debark that way.
what do you mean by "red state view of public employees"?
|Date:||September 9th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)|| |
Something along the lines of:
The combination of relatively low pay and high job security for most public employees means that most of them don't give a shit about customer service, many are outright assholes, a fair portion of them don't particularly care if they do their job correctly or make their customers lives hell. Although with bus drivers, they tend to just fall more into the rude and do their job in a half assed manner kind of camp when they're bad.
That's pretty much your classic stereotype DMV employee, I realize, but a lot of my experiences with public employees in your blue states has born that out.
yeah, no. in this case sympathy is 90% with the bus drivers. You can see why they get frustrated enacting this play over and over again with riders who really should know better.
|Date:||September 9th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)|| |
Oh, I totally get that local sympathies run the other way, as Tasha pointed out.
|Date:||September 8th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm just posting here to say that I still know I was born to stalk you more than ever. In that non-e-creepy type of way.
oh crap, and now you know my 22 stop.
guilty as charged!!! ;)
hahaha. I feel bad for not preparing you.
|Date:||September 8th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)|| |
i know i actually sound crass as hell but i just feel so polite yelling out BACK DOOR for someone stuck in the stairwell when an unattentive driver won't release the back doors. it's so sad to see a passenger stepping up and back down and pressing the bar and doing everything they are supposed to do but the back door light just won't turn on.
also, omg you changed our lj colors and layout!
I just love the whole community participation element to the "back door" crisis.
and yeah, I decided it was time for an LJ change. I like this layout color except for the stupid way you have to got to the top to leave a comment. that's just dumb.
I got a chance to yell "Back Door" once in DC. In that case the back door didn't work.
I showed that post to someone without any explanation of context, and they laughed out loud. :)