In the previous post I covered a little bit the topic of bus accommodations for bulky object with wheels in Germany. So I could not help to recall some old bickering on the wheelchair accommodations offered by Pittsburgh buses ( wheelchairs are the only bulky objects with wheels they will allow in a bus )
This story I wrote in July 2007 covers the unfortunate story of a wheelchair bound rider who ended suspended halfway between the ground and the bus floor:
“I am trying to pay my debt and it had become increasingly difficult (not that I am the only one in this situation). When they asked me to work some overtime, I volunteered even some more hours in…SO, today I was supposed to be in at 9am (instead of 12pm).
But as it was said, Tuesday there must be three bad hours.
The first bad hour :It started yesterday evening when I realized I must have caught a cold or something. I decided to go early to bed and take some acetaminophen based cold pills. It worked last night, I got in that drowsy state and felt great, but unfortunately the drowsy effect did not vanish in eight hours as supposed, but lingered with me in bed . I got up for a late start and dilly-dallied in the shower and left my house so late that:
The second bad hour: I missed my bus. I called in and told my boss I’ll be half an hour late counting toward the overtime I volunteered. Got in the next bus and made it just in time for my connection. For a minute or so I thought my luck had changed. But it did not:
The third bad hour: One passenger in a wheelchair. The driver gets the platform out – you know, the one that is supposed to raise him at the floor level, and it gets stuck. Yes, the poor guy was stuck right in the middle, at the second step level. He could not get out and he could not get in…
I did felt bad for that man and his wheelchair. But I felt even worse for me, I was 45 minutes late to work –and that was half the time I volunteered to work over my schedule. Do you think they’ll ask me again? I am afraid they won’t. “