“Vigilante” Muni Rider Speaks
Image by @rotron
Ed. note: Sorry for all the confusion with this story. There were confusing things happening. Read on.
Remember vigilante Muni justice from a couple days ago? @rotron described how a Muni rider took matters into his own hands, telling a Facebook shuttle to back up off our Muni stop. Turns out that @larrybobsf was that Muni rider, and he explained himself
his confrontation last August in a comment on Muni Diaries:
…I’m the guy who yelled at the driver. This happened at the stop at the corner of Market and 8th. NextMuni was reporting both an 83x and a 19 within two minutes. Right next to the Muni stop are two parking meters which are covered over in the mornings with signs designating the space as a shuttle stop. But the shuttle drivers apparently prefer to pull up at the Muni stop instead. I did not move to block the shuttle entrance, but was standing at the Muni stop and the shuttle driver pulled up right in front of me.
I often wait at this stop, and just a couple days before this incident, a shuttle was at the Muni stop and I had to walk out into traffic to catch the 83x. I asked the driver to notify SFMTA, but he said it would work better if I called. I called 311 and reported. It would be easy pickings for a ticket if they’d just post a staff member.
Because of this other recent incident, that contributed to me speaking up in the moment. I told the driver to pull forward into the available designated space ahead, but he would not. Eventually I moved, people got on, and he did move before the Muni buses arrived. However, I have a feeling he might not have stayed as long as usual due to my confronting him. This morning I waited for the 83x on 9th Street instead to have a more mellow morning.
Corporate shuttles, you srsly shouldn’t be dropping off and picking up in our stops, anyway. There, I said it.
Here is to more mellow Muni mornings, always. (Sometimes? Not never?)