Friday, March 7, 2008

Throw Her Under the Bus

[Flagrant Scofflaws] Earlier this week, I caught the UTA bus at 255 S. State for a quick trip to the State Capitol (Route #500). While waiting, I watched two other buses get squeezed out of the designated stop because a woman inside an idling mini-van had turned it into her own private loading zone.

About three minutes later, a UTA enforcement officer pulled up behind her and politely explained she was illegally parked at a bus stop. The woman complied and pulled away from the curb.

The spot was still warm when yet another driver in a mini-van pulled into the bus zone. It had a big Mary Kay Cosmetics sticker in the back window. She sat there for a minute, idling away.

When the State Capitol bus arrived, I pointed her out to the driver. He asked if I minded waiting for a minute. I said no. He hopped out of the bus, ran up to the woman just as she was jumping out to run into a building for what? A lunch date?

" You can't park here, ma'am," the driver said. "It's a designated bus stop," he said.

The woman looked at him, and--no kidding--said "how much is the ticket?"

Bus driver said: "I don't know, but I know it's expensive."

Woman said: "Well, I've got to be somewhere. I'll take my chances."

Then she was gone. Bus driver called for a tow truck. (Holly Mullen)


  1. We are spectators to the decline of western civilization. Wish I didn't have a front row seat.

  2. That tells me I need to get a different job. Imagine an appointment so important you can take a ticket or get your car out of hock. That would be my entire paycheck for two weeks!


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