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12/7/2012 6:00:00 AM
Kingman letters: Chilly on Appreciation Day

Dennis, one of many Kingman citizens who depends on public transit buses to go to the stores for their daily needs, found that information was lacking on Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

Although he agreed with appreciation of the drivers, and understood holiday interruptions, Dennis stated, "A phone call would give you a schedule of holiday changes," which he did. However, he continued, there was nothing on the Driver Appreciation Day other than "it is Driver Appreciation Day."

Some information on Thanksgiving and Christmas bus times, yes. Driver Appreciation Day - no information, blank, not a thing!

Luck would have it he was able to call a friend who agreed to pick him up and play taxi for free. Which Dennis said he was grateful for; otherwise, it would be Monday, four days without the ability to go buy what he needed for his day-to-day survival for him and his pets.

Dennis explained that on a fixed income, calling a cab was out of the question, and at his age walking was out of the question. Dennis stated he buys two books of bus tickets every month, and it is not without merit, he stated, that he was grateful for a public transit system. However, after waiting for well over an hour, he walked the several blocks home and called again to find out about the disruption of the bus schedule for Black Friday, and to his dismay, the recording said, "today is Driver Appreciation Day," that's it, end of recording.

Black Friday has new meaning if you were one of the many left waiting in the chilly Nov. 23, 2012, air for the Kingman Arizona Public Transit system to be picked up by that bus driver you appreciate.

Happy Holidays!

Jack Shepherd


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