Teenagers. In general. There's another detestable thing.
In particular I hate the bloody yacking they feel they have to do at full volume on any kind of public transport, as if their shallow, brainless, half-formed little lives were of ANY interest to anybody but themselves.
Why do they need to shout at people they are sitting next to? Why do they swear their fucking heads off? Why do they feel the need to play music in public places without using headphones!!?? It was bad enough when we could all hear that 'ttsssiiittsss tssiss tssiiss ttsssittsss bump ttsssiiittsss tssiiss tssiiss ttsssiiittsss bump' thing going on because they had decided to prematurely end any chance of avoiding deafness by cranking up personal (note that - "PERSONAL")
stereos so loudly that we could all sing along. But now they're using mobile phones to play their crappy dance music to the whole bus!!
This morning there were a couple of vapid in-breeds at the back of the bus. Shouting at each other.
"Ah feckin' 'ate 'er Ah do. Silly cyow. Wah do she alwerrs 'ave to go out in clerthes like whar Ah do?"
"And Ah've 'eard she's shagging that Martin blerk. You knerr, 'im wif ve ta-ooze"
"Ah wunt feckin' touch 'im wih yaws, kner warrameen?"
"'Ere. 'Av you 'eard ma noo dahnlerd? S'on me fern".
"Sam Sparrer, innit?"
"Fuckin' IS , yeah".
"I beh she's gorrih. Silly cyow. I feckin' 'ate 'er".
I'm glad we all heard that.
There was a time when bus drivers took some responsibility for their passengers, and would have dealt promptly and brutally with shouting, swearing, smoking, fornication, playing of loud music loudly, the duffing up of old dears, fishing without a licence and the building of outhouses on the bus without planning permission. These days they let it just go on around them. And more importantly around us passengers.
It's a lack of customer focus, that's what it is. They don't get paid well enough to care either. And we don't pay enough to be cared about. It's the curse of public service industries. All are assumed to be second-class services for third-class people.
I blame Thatcher.
And I'm fed up with it. Just last week as I went to get off at my stop I had to fight my way through some bloke's hastily constructed garden shed.
I wouldn't have minded, but I fell over his bike.