Bus drivers spend their free time together, waving at one other, being chummy and telling funny anecdotes about their profession, according to insiders.
“We also get a big kick out of bus jokes,” said Tom, a bus driver for over 12 years. “What did the granny say when she saw a teenager board the bus without paying?”
“She said, ‘That’s not fare!’ Good one, eh?” he said.
Even when off-duty bus drivers run into each other in a shop, for example, they do not shake hands, preferring to give that special bus-driver wave in which the elbow stays in place, the forearm is slightly raised, and two fingers are flicked in a downward motion where they remain for a half beat.
“We’ll leave that side-to-side, full-arm nonsense to truck drivers and utility workers,” Tom said. “We bus drivers are a good lot, and by using our special wave we want the world to know we’re all friends.”