Monday, August 11, 2008

Blade Edge Of The Bus, Part II

I received some very enlightening comments from James, a former driver for Greyhound Lines, Inc. And I am posting them front-and-center here:

["As a former driver for GH from Chicago for over 22 years, I can tell you with all honesty that GH is run by the top execs for only one purpose - to pay themselves hefty salaries at the expense of the working stiffs who actually do the work.

When I began driving it was a reasonably well-run company with reasonably honest management, but after John Teets became CEO in 1982 the only thing management became interested in was thievery - how to convert the company's assets to $$ and how to make off with as much of that $$ as possible. It's a trend that continues today but since the assets are long gone (just about everything today is either leased or rented instead of owned) it's the cash flow that provides today's moola for the fat cats.

If you are not one of the chosen few in upper management, you basically are a disposable employee - no better than a used Pamper when you've outlasted your usefulness.

Of course GH won't admit this (just like a lot of other inconvenient truths they won't admit either), but that's how it actually is.

The Canadian union is half-way decent, but only because of Canadian law. The U.S. union is toothless and worthless, collecting dues and acting like they're doing something when they're really not. A sham and a farce of a union thanks to U.S. law.

GH will never upgrade security to what the airlines have - too expensive. The top guys won't give up what they consider to be their money. Any wacko or mental case recently released from his ward can walk up & buy a ticket as long as he has ID.

And we all know that the words 'customer service' is nothing but an oxymoron at GH."]

Wow! You really nailed it all down, James. And I appreciate your comments.

I took a GLI bus from Syracuse to Albany, NY. And then I spent the night in the Albany bus terminal.

When I boarded the next bus (which went to South Station in Boston), the darn thing broke down...twice. And I will be the first one to tell you that the bus was dirty, banged-up and OLD! When GLI puts a bus like that on the road, what do they expect it to do???

Fortunately, the bus from Boston, Massachusetts to White River Junction, Vermont was fast and comfortable.

But there was no security of any kind that searched the passengers or their baggage before people boarded any of the buses that I rode on.

Note to terrorists: Greyhound Lines, Inc. has its buses available for you anytime that you are ready to use them.

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