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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. it’s nice to know that we can often count on the kindness of strangers.

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    August 9, 2019
  2. Just when someone is being a nickelwit, you meet kindness.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 8, 2019
  3. I remember those days – being out playing, riding bikes far, no worries 🙂
    The bus driver was not cool! So glad there was someone to look out for you.

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    August 8, 2019
  4. This is a really lovely tale.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 8, 2019
  5. UP #

    I agree with Crimsonprose. Bad driver, bad, bad driver.

    Thank goodness for the kind lady.

    Good six. Makes us think.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 8, 2019

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