AMA-“Hi Adjoa, I’ve asked Kwame to bring you an amount of GHS 5000.00 so you use it to order the items I told you about the other time. I couldn’t bring it myself because I have to go do something right about now.”
ADJOA-“Alright, Ama. But couldn’t you have transferred the money through mobile money?”
AMA-“Does it matter? Once the money gets to you, I’m okay. Besides, the mobile money system is far expensive. I would be charged an additional amount should I send such a huge sum of money to you. So you know, he’s coming through the Baatsona Spintex road so you can meet him in front of the HFC bank and take the money.”
ADJO-“I would. See you soon.”
In a group of ten, I am certain that one is likely to find eight people who practice what was showcased in the scenario above. Boarding a public transport is one of the most common practices in our country. It is also one of the most affordable ways of getting to your destination when you don’t own a car. Well, as usual, one could bet on the fact that there are no laid down rules on how a person is expected to conduct him or herself in a public transport. However, another person would argue his heart out that there are rules which govern how people are expected to conduct themselves in public transport.
Either way, knowing how to behave in a public transport is somehow common knowledge to every one of us, but unfortunately, we sometimes forget to do the right things. As a result, I would love to remind you of what is expected of you once you get on a public transport.
Immediately you get on board, you are likely going to sit beside someone and it would be polite of you to flash this person a classic smile. You have no idea what that smile could do to that individual. Giving away a smile won’t kill you. It would help you relax as well.
2. PUT YOUR BACKPACK BETWEEN YOUR LEGS
Once you are seated, remember to put your backpack or handbag between your legs whilst stretching them to maximise your leg space and to make you feel comfortable as well. Having your backpack on your back whilst sitting is a great discomfort.
You probably don’t want to get bored on the bus and as such, you may decide to listen to some “good’ music. Make sure you use your headphones when you want to listen to the song and ensure that the volume of your music isn’t loud enough to disturb the person next to you. Do not play the song without your headphones plugged in because you would end up attracting the anger of other passengers on board.
Other passengers might be stressed out and trying to have a moment and the last thing they need is to have someone bug them at that point in time. Thus, avoid starting unnecessary chatter with the person next to you and please do not bug them with your hair, makeup, and the likes. It can be rather irritating.
5.AVOID MAKING UNNECESSARY NOISE
What can be more irritating than having a group of noisy friends sitting next to you in a public transport and chatting loudly till your eardrums want to explode? Be courteous enough not to make noise when in public transport. You may end up sending someone to the grave, you know.
6. DO NOT SHOUT WHEN ON PHONE
This is not the comfort of your room where you can make calls in a high-pitched voice. Try as much as possible to lower your voice when on the phone as though you were in a library.
You wouldn’t want to disclose important information when in a public transport for fear of the unknown. Avoid discussing business-related issues as well as security matters on the phone when you’re on the bus.
8. OFFER YOUR SEAT TO SOMEONE WHO NEEDS IT MOST
In our part of the world where respect for the elderly is highly acknowledged, one must always look out for people who appear to need a seat more than you do so that you can offer it to them. Watch out for the pregnant woman, the aged woman or the kid who is suffering because you didn’t offer them your seat. It wouldn’t kill you to do something as honourable as that.
You are hungry, I know. But to the extent of eating hot food on a bus? That is way too much. Avoid eating hot food when in a public transport as its smell could cause a passenger to react in various ways. What smells good to you, wouldn’t be the same to someone else. The last thing you want is to attract the piercing stare of a much hungrier and angrier passenger.
10. DO NOT LITTER
You are not the only one getting on the bus so do well not to leave the bus in a messy state such that others may not want to get on board because of it.
Your safety is in the hands of the driver so if you wish to arrive at your destination in peace and not pieces, do well to respect the driver. Be polite when speaking to him.
You see! There are indeed rules that dictate how we should behave when in a public transport. Strictly adhere to these rules and if you are guilty of any of them, do well to change. And oh, I am personally guilty of 7 and I’m changing right away!