Wednesday, 28 September 2011

In the wrong job?

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So I boarded the train this afternoon and to my surprise there was an announcement over the PA. One that I could understand?!?

"Good afternoon passengers travelling on the City to blah, blah service and welcome to City Rail. Our next stop is Blah which we will arrive at in approximately 2 minutes. Sit back and enjoy the ride."

Hmmm, I thought.

We were approaching Blah when the PA screamed to life again, "We will soon be arriving at Blah. I trust that you have enjoyed your trip. Please take care to remove all of your possessions before alighting from the train. Thank you for choosing City Rail".

We had a guided tour all the way to Blah, Blah.

A pleasant change from the usual train journey but methinks the 'captain' may be in the wrong job.

Have you ever had actual customer service on the public transport system in your neck of the woods?

13 comments:

Mrs Woog said...

No.... but it would be nice! xx

georgi said...

when i was in Japan all the trains would do that in Japanese and English. It was so useful as a tourist to know where we were on the lines- the train system in Tokyo is so crazy. x

Jodie Ansted said...

Sometimes the bus drivers would be very helpful when I boarded with my kids. One guy quickly got out of his seat to help me up with the stroller etc. I was very impressed.

Some don't give a rat's arse, you know?

Sarah Mac said...

No but yesterday when I got on a bus (for the first time in years) I was joined by a person dressed up as a big purple bear!

Mum on the Run said...

Well, that IS refreshing.
Wonder if people heard it over their i pods?!
:-)

Miss Pink said...

The bus stop is literally out the front of our house. One day Bluey and I went on a shopping spree. On the way home I needed to go to the local shops before actually going home, but he wanted to go home, so I pressed the button to let him get off the bus himself and go home while I continued on to the shops. The bus driver was surprised I was not getting off either, and asked me if I'd like him to wait until Bluey went inside. Mr Black didn't answer the front door so Bluey took himself around the back, and the bus driver urged me to go check he got out the back ok that he'd wait with the bus for me to get back.
I was completely speechless. How nice! I mean I was going to call Mr Black to make sure he knew Bluey was home as soon as I got off the bus (our local shops are only a 5min stroll down the road, so a 30sec drive), so i'm not a complete wreckless moron, but it was really nice of that bus driver to offer to wait to make sure my kid got home ok.

sarah said...

When I'm having a particularly challenging day and I have to do the drive thru macca's coffee run in order to kick start my brain there is a young guy who sings out the orders like he's on young talent time...I have pointed out to him that his talents might lie elsewhere but he seems happy...(once I may have shushed him because the bub was asleep)

Photographer Mum said...

Back in my school days I had to catch the train to and from school and there was one train driver who always had really cheery announcements. I always liked that train ride when he was on. It was kinda funny. Wonder if it was the same train line as yours? Quite possible.

@ Sarah: I have also come across a singing drive thru guy at Maccas too - wonder if its the same person?

Sam-O said...

It happened to me once. All stations from Hornsby to Town Hall.

It got old really fast. I felt like running through the train and ramming the mike down his throat!! OK that's probably an issue with me not the cheery announcer...

MultipleMum said...

@Sarah Mac - I would have loved to see you face when your 'neighbour' moved in!

@Sarah - that is hysterical. I bet he drives his co-workers nuts!

Nurture the Little People said...

Since moving to Margaret River three years ago, I have not caught public transport! However with school holidays at the end of the week and a trip up to the city, I am looking forward to catching a train from Freo to the city...I wonder what the message will be? It's been a good 8 months between metro train rides and the last message was "this train stops at all stations from Fremantle to Perth, excluding showground" followed by the end of the journeys message, "this is Perth station. This train terminates here. Would all passengers please alight". Funny, I stopped smoking years ago! That last train message always makes me smirk!
Nicola

Maxabella said...

I had that guy on the train on Tuesday night! He was awesome (and funny too - he said when we all got on at Wynyard "welcome aboard all you weary corporate types. Just because you sat down all day doesn't mean you haven't earned the right to sit down again here and don't let those militant trades tell you any different!") x

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oh bless his socks! It's amazing how a good hearted soul can make all the difference to one's day and this guy sounds like he'd put a smile on most people's faces. I don't catch a great deal of public transport, but I can honestly say, I rarely encounter chirpiness from the public transport sector... more disgruntled, disinterested, grumbling :o/

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