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WAWIBF... Over-compensation

18 August 2006

Speaking of buses, anyone who's ever travelled by National Express will tell you that travelling by National Express is an unpleasant pain in the arse. As opposed to a pleasant one, that is. In many ways the Ryanair of their time, National Express may be cheap (relatively), but they're also cramped, uncomfortable and predominantly staffed by evil-doers. Having said all that however, at least they're not Megabus.

Last weekend Lorraine McKessick, 29, went to Granite City to board her Megabus from Aberdeen to London only to found that the driver-cum-ticket collector had suffered an attack of paranoid over-zealousness and refused to allow Ms McKessick on board with her hand baggage, a simple bag containing food, drink and reading materials. Consequently Ms McKessick had to endure the 11-hour journey on a bus with no running water, no working toilet and nothing to pass the time. By the end of the ordeal, she was physically ruined and is now determined that Megabus do something about it.

Meanwhile Megabus has apologised to Ms McKessick and admitted that there must have been some kind of misunderstanding. What makes this misunderstanding more difficult to swallow is that passengers allowed on at subsequent stops did not suffer the same restrictions. One can only assume that at the stop in Granite City the driver was wearing his sunglasses and quite innocently mistook Ms McKessick for a darkie.

In these paranoid times, this kind of thing is only to be expected.



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