Drivers have to wrangle live chickens -- and more
“One summer, a guy brought a live chicken on the bus and he starts throwing the chicken at other passengers,” said Tito, a veteran Muni driver of nearly 20 years. “So I called Central [Control Center] and said there’s this guy with a chicken on the bus, what am I supposed to do? And they just start laughing.”
When Tito says ‘Central,’ he is referring to the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) Central Control Center, an office that monitors the entire fleet of buses and manages emergencies or other service-affecting incidents. Central did send someone to remove the chicken-tossing scofflaw. But by that time, the fellow had been forced out by passengers, chicken in hand.
Many drivers we spoke to had stories of passengers bringing parrots, iguanas, and snakes on board a Muni bus. “One guy had a rat,” JC said. “I told him ‘You can’t get on.’ He claimed it was a service rat.”