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Only poor people get the bus…

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EmpressOfTheSofa · 23/01/2023 21:04

..I was told yesterday by a close relative. In the context of mocking me.

I get a bus to work. My bus stop is literally outside my house and ten minutes later it drops me off outside my work. I pay £70 a month for this.

If I drive to work it costs petrol plus £135 a month parking fees, and the closest two car parks are each a ten minute walk from work. It also takes longer to drive because of the one way system/bus lanes. It’s a no brainer.

But I got roundly mocked and told she wouldn’t be seen dead on public transport.

This was in the context of her admiring a new item I’d bought and I said oh funnily enough two separate ladies at the bus stop have also complimented it, she then shrieked with laughter and said there’s a weird contrast between having an expensive X and then getting public transport and that I probably look like a weirdo. That the only people who use buses outside of London are poor people who can’t afford to drive.

She’s bonkers, right? And a tad nasty? I’ve been stewing on this for a couple of days and shouldn’t let her rile me but ffs.

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SpinningFloppa · 23/01/2023 21:05

Yeh my sister said the same, she drives but wouldn’t be seen dead on the bus if anything happened to her car

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ShakespearesBlister · 23/01/2023 21:06

Nothing goady to see here......

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ShakespearesBlister · 23/01/2023 21:06

Have you seen the bus prices outside London?

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EmpressaurusOfWitchesBackFromTheDead · 23/01/2023 21:07

Twits the lot of them. Public transport is way more environmentally friendly than cars.

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R0ckets · 23/01/2023 21:07

Poor people can't afford the bus it's fucking extortionate!

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Fleabigg · 23/01/2023 21:08

Yes, she’s a dickhead. Only selfish people drive when there are perfectly suitable and convenient alternatives which don’t take up as much road space or cause as much air pollution.

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Cheeseandlobster · 23/01/2023 21:08

She is a nasty shallow bitch. Who the hell does she think she is?

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Mum2jenny · 23/01/2023 21:08

Ignore the fucker, simple!!

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Kendodd · 23/01/2023 21:09

Your relative has made me laugh out loud with her stupidity.
Does she have any other pearls of wisdom to regale us with?

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ShakespearesBlister · 23/01/2023 21:09

Prices on the Essex busses are hardly for poor people. Poor people wouldn't be able to afford them, they are bloody extortionate. A taxi would be cheaper in some places.

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EmpressOfTheSofa · 23/01/2023 21:09

ShakespearesBlister · 23/01/2023 21:06

Have you seen the bus prices outside London?

I don’t know if you’re misunderstanding me?

We don’t live in London, if we did that would apparently be acceptable but as we don’t I should be ashamed of using public transport and should drive everywhere even if it’s less convenient and more expensive in case people think I’m poor.

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animalprintfree · 23/01/2023 21:09

None of the wealthy people I know ever take the bus. However, they also don’t mock others for doing so…

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rwalker · 23/01/2023 21:09

In the 1950’s possibly earlier when car ownership wasn’t the norm

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Exasperatednow · 23/01/2023 21:09

For the first time ever (rural) we have a reasonably priced bus - LA initiative. I have a car but I'm actively taking the bus when I can to make sure we keep it.

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RandomMess · 23/01/2023 21:10

Before hybrid working I got the bus to work.

Subsidised bus pass, walk to the end of the road dropped off outside my office - nearer than any of the car parks.

Could have a drink at
Lunchtime or after work.

I live in a great bus route though and if it weren't for the subsidised bus pass it would ££££££££

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doitwithlove · 23/01/2023 21:10

Your close relative is an idiot, firstly you are saving money which enables you to buy other items and it is more environmentally friendly having less vehicles on the road 🙄

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Emmamoo89 · 23/01/2023 21:10

She sounds like an arse

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takealettermsjones · 23/01/2023 21:10

She sounds insecure. Tell her you're not bothered if people think you're poor, because where's the shame in that?

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EmpressOfTheSofa · 23/01/2023 21:11

takealettermsjones · 23/01/2023 21:10

She sounds insecure. Tell her you're not bothered if people think you're poor, because where's the shame in that?

Well, exactly!

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gamerchick · 23/01/2023 21:11

Cheaper to drive where I am than take a bus, it shouldn't be like that though.

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Greyhave · 23/01/2023 21:12

She sounds horrible when I worked in the city I used to bus into work because it was cheaper than buying a parking pass!

Most of my colleagues did too and we all had fairly nice cars at the time.

She sounds like a jealous weirdo!

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ArcticSkewer · 23/01/2023 21:12

How many rich people do I know who get the bus?

Lots.

What do they all have in common?

They have a free over 60 bus pass.

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WandaWonder · 23/01/2023 21:12

We get busses all the time as we choose not to have a car, haven't for years

It genuinely sounds crazy buy I like the freedom without a car, we hire one sometimes and sure somedays I feel I could do with one, then walk past a petrol station and see the price of pertrol lol!

People do think we are crazy but I prefer it

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mast0650 · 23/01/2023 21:12

She is silly. Ignore her. Sensible people get the bus if it is convenient. Even quite rich people. I sometimes get the bus and see all sorts of people on there. Driving/parking in the city where I work is a nightmare.

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Florenz · 23/01/2023 21:13

Using public transport is like flaunting your wealth nowadays, unless you are old enough to get it for free. Poorer people have to use cars.

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