The bus ride on the 373 would normally take 30 minutes, but it ended up taking close to an hour, all because of a drunk who decided to take a nap in the aisle. I’m talking about my bus ride from central Sydney to Coogee, a beachside suburb where I’m currently staying.

It was rush hour, and the bus was packed. All of sudden, I heard a ruckus coming from the front of the bus involving an intoxicated man who was falling over passengers. He had had a few too many drinks and was barely able to stand. When one of the passengers offered his seat to the staggering man, the drunk became belligerent and proceeded to lie down right in the aisle blocking the front door. This caused the bus driver to stop bus and radio for police assistance.

There we sat and stood, wondering how this unfortunate saga would end when suddenly another 373 pulled up. All the passengers on our bus immediately exited through the back door and boarded the newly arrived bus. Unfortunately, the drunk decided to follow us. Just when it seemed like the whole thing was going to repeat, the driver of bus number 2 slammed the door right in the drunkard’s face and started to drive. All the passengers broke out in cheers. The bus reached my destination without further incident.