Muni operators have it tough
Next time you’re miffed at a Muni driver, try to remind yourself that this person has one of the toughest jobs in San Francisco. The popular blog Muni Diaries, an aggregator of rider-submitted Muni stories and hosts of the storytelling show Muni Diaries Live, received a heartbreaking letter from the wife of a driver explaining just how tough driving a Muni bus can be.
“My husband has been working for the past 30 years with Muni,” she wrote in her letter. “He was beaten up by 16 young thugs because he beeped the horn when he saw that they were dealing drugs in the middle of the street. He has been threatened by crazies -- once someone threatened him with a pink fluid in a jar, saying that it was acid and will burn him. He has been threatened by people who don’t want to pay, which is an everyday occurrence. Some of these people try to kick him or even spit on him because he does not give them free rides.”
“He [has also] been a hero on some occasions,” she continued. “Chasing purse snatchers, or those who snatched a gold necklace, protected passengers from violent strangers, returned many wallets with cash and credit cards fully intact in them and the passengers have been grateful.”