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An Act of Kindness – Bus Fare

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Image by Christophe Schindler from Pixabay   Montreal Skyline

 

Back in the late sixties, yes, the nineteen sixties, bus fare or often called car fare for an adult was thirty-five cents and for anyone twelve and under it was ten cents.

This was a time when parents felt it was safe for children, say around the ages of ten and up to travel by transit unaccompanied by an adult and I would travel from Verdun to downtown Montreal which was about a twenty-five-minute ride by car so a little longer by public transit.

This one day I (age 12) was returning home and waiting at the bus stop digging in my pocket to make sure I had my dime to put in the farebox.

Remembering back, I was talking to this older woman who was quite nice when my bus pulled up and we said good-bye to each other as she was taking a different bus.

I stepped up and deposited my dime when the bus driver said to me, you’re a quarter short young lady, to which I replied, I’m only twelve and he wouldn’t believe me making me get off the bus returning my dime to me.

Standing watching the bus drive away I explained to the nice lady I was talking to earlier what had just happened, and she reached into her purse and gave me a thirty-five cent bus ticket so that I could go home.

 

© Susan Zutautas 2019

 

This short story was written for Six Sentence Story over at GirlieOnTheEdge. This weeks challenge is to use the word FARE.

 

 

 

 

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21 Comments Post a comment
  1. Alas a different time… tempting to say things have changed, but (other than) inflation the world is the same, albeit, digital. People (or perhaps better to say) the way they are expected/allowed-to act in the present is different by orders of magnitude.
    Hey, at least you got to see the passenger pigeons… (too oblique? extinction reference)
    Fun Six

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    August 8, 2019
  2. Reminds me of a time I spent all my money on a school excursion, and had to borrow money for the auto-rickshaw (called tuktuk in some countries) ride home from the railway station. Great childhood memories!

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    August 8, 2019
  3. A kind lady, but that bus driver was very bad to have left a young girl stranded like that.

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    August 8, 2019
  4. Kind lady. Rotten driver not to believe you

    Like

    August 8, 2019
  5. lousy driver … kind lady .. we tend to meet them when most in need 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    August 7, 2019

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