IF YOU’VE NEVER HEARD THOSE WORDS, YOU PROBABLY HAVE NEVER USED THE ICONIC YELLOW COMMERCIAL BUSES IN THAT ADORN THE CITY OF LAGOS.
Please tell me, is it just me or am I being unnecessarily paranoid? Commercial bus conductors these days seem to deliberately never have change (balance). I’m struggling to remember the last time I got into a bus and didn’t hear the words “ho your change oh, I no get change” this means that commuters (passengers) should board the bus having the exact fare in hand. Those words cause some level of furious eruption within my soul whenever I hear them. Am I manufacturing change or am I central bank –printing notes?
Sometimes, these conductors have the money all stacked up in their pockets but they are hardly ever ready to release it. Just today a conductor nearly punched someone’s left eye simply because he gave him N1000 for a N50 fare. It’s not his fault that he had only that denomination in his pocket at the time. Screaming at the top of his lungs, the conductor tried everything vocally possible to intimidate the young man and it was working but he refused to show it. Well, after a few minutes of a seriously heated vocal confrontation from both parties, the same conductor reached into his pocket and out came the passengers balance.
This trend seen on the road among commercial transport users has over time caught on as it has now become some sort of default setting for drivers and conductors alike; they now sound like a broken record. So also, passengers are becoming more conscious of having the exact fare in hand before boarding a bus and they go out of their way to do this, all in a bid to avoid that form of transportation drama.
It will be fun to get aboard a bus sometime and just when you are about to pay for the trip, the conductor offers you other modes of payment as he pulls out a POS machine or offers you transfer options or cryptocurrency instead of cash –that’ll be nice, wouldn’t it?