So what are we to do?

I hopped on a tram this arvo and there was a bunch of pothead bogans smoking weed at the back of the tram.

Moving to the front of the tram I sat down, trying to ignore the smell. Everybody around me were clearly trying to put up with it as well. The ‘don’t wana get involved’ mentality.

After awhile, I couldn’t put up with the smell anymore. The entire tram was filled with the stench. I walked over to the driver. Good thing the window was open.

“Hey mate could you please do something about the potheads at the back of the tram? We pay top dollar for public transport to travel in comfort, not put up with irresponsible people who live on the dole.”

“There’s nothing I can do about it, mate.” the driver retorted, without once glancing at me.

“Isn’t there anything you can do? Perhaps signal to the inspectors or the depot, to have some staff assemble at a tram stop up ahead? You do know they’re breaching the law here…” I profused.

“Sorry mate there’s nothing I can do,” said the driver as he slammed the window on me. How rude.

I couldn’t believe it. An elderly man, who is clearly affected by the smoke, gave me the ‘oh well’ look and shrugged his shoulders. Everybody but the potheads were looking at me. Well at least I bloody was trying! You guys just sat there expecting some sort of civility.

Actions speak louder than words. If people want something done, you’ve got to act on it. Why sit on your ass and put up with it when you’ve got your rights as a paying passenger? I’m appalled at the driver’s insensitivity to other passengers. Personally I just can’t tolerate dole bludgers and potheads who smoke with blatant disregard for the law. But what if there was a pregnant woman on board or little kids on board?

Just absolutely appalling.

2 Comments so far

  1. danielbowen on August 3rd, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

    To my mind, in a situation like that, the driver should have been able to call police, and to get a response from them that would fix the problem.

    Regardless, you should complain to Yarra Trams: or 1800 800 166

    Then once they’ve responded, if they haven’t solved the problem to your satisfaction, you get onto the Public Transport Ombudsman: or 03 8623 2111

  2. alextokai on August 3rd, 2009 @ 6:02 pm

    danielbowen, as usual, has the best advice. You’re right that you shouldn’t have to put up with that – smoking tobacco is harmful to others and on a tram is a fine-able offence, let alone pot which is illegal anyway. I’m not sure if smoking pot automatically makes them dole-bludgers, but doing it on a tram does rather make them inconsiderate, foolish jerks.

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