Kris the Skater vs Gardena Bus Lines… it’s a draw
I love the Gardena Bus system, and public transportation in general. But Gardena buses have a surprisingly ridiculous rule: No skateboards or boogie boards. I got denied access the first time I tried to ride and wasn’t aware of the rule. I was stuck downtown… thanks Mr I’m-just-following-the-rules-busdriver! I hid the skateboard on my back and came home to make this bag (from what was likely to be the last pair of long pants I ever own).
Unfortunately, a bus driver yesterday tried to kick me off for having a skateboard, even in the bag. I charmed him into letting me stay (“Just this time!”) and asked him about the rule. He said that many years ago, a skateboard got away from someone, hit a woman in the ankle, and that she sued. When I asked why no boogie boards, he replied, “Yeah, none of that stuff.” Um…
Anyway, I visited the Gardena Transportation folks today and am pleased to say they have okayed the bag. Diane at the office was very understanding and helpful. She said that if a driver asks what’s in the bag, just say it’s a skateboard, and to have the driver contact the office if they continue to protest.
So it’s still a really silly rule, but I’m glad the office is generally on my side. Perhaps I should write “SKATEBOARD” on the side of my bag and make sure all the drivers know the real rule. Anyway, job done for now. Unless you’re a bagless Gardena skater who needs my help fighting for true justice… :)