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Why are people on the bus rude?

Updated on July 11, 2015
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Ta-Iset has never graduated from High school, but she got most of her vast intelligence through reading and learning online.

My new book!

This is the book I got in the mail!
This is the book I got in the mail! | Source

I just got my book in the mail!!!

I ordered this book in-store about 3 weeks ago. I was super excited to get it, and when they called me yesterday to come and get it, I was more than excited to go then, until I realized it was ten minutes until the mall closed.

I was forced in agony to wait until today to get it, and I bouncing around all morning waiting for 10am because that's when the mall opens. I got the boys ready, and I was slow because of the heat, but when I got to the mall... Some how I had so much energy and I nearly ran to the book store to get my book. I got my book, and I was leaving, I wanted to so badly look at my book and read it. I knew however that it might be better to wait until I get home.

I was waiting for the bus when I went to look at the book, as soon as I pulled it out the bus came. I put it away, and then situated myself and the boys on the bus. Then I knew I had an opportunity to look at it while I waited for the bus driver to come back. I took out the book and because I couldn't just look at the front, I opened it up and browsed through the pages briefly.

I looked over everything quickly, and was amazed at he detail, the design, the images, the words, I was overcome by a bunch of joy... I said out loud to my son Logan "It's everything I thought it would be and more" I hugged the book, and then put it back in my bag.... Then I noticed something....

I noticed this...

This is the look she gave me.
This is the look she gave me. | Source

Look at that look on her face....

She was just staring at me with that look on her face. I put the book in my bag and she just stared at me like that. I wondered for a moment if she noticed then my necklace with the Ankh and realized that I'm into the Ancient Egyptians... I also thought maybe she was sickened by my book because she herself may be religious....

I thought about it a lot... I just didn't want to ask her why she was staring at me. I took this picture and she didn't even notice that I was taking it, even though I have a note 2 and they are not small phones. I pretended I was texting my husband though. I was shocked that people on the bus can be this rude. I was so happy to have my book and this lady and her strange look had to make me uncomfortable.... I really really just wanted to enjoy my book. I am now that I'm home with it, but for someone in public to do this to someone else. I had to write about it.

The ladies behind me were laughing at how cute my Logan was, and they even said "Nice book" They never looked at me strangely for having a book. Even for the type of book it is, I still feel like it's my business and not really others to judge someone... Or am I reading to far into this stare?

These are some of the pages from my new book!

Beautiful!!! | Source

Public transportation sucks!

I just wish that it wasn't weird for people to see other people looking at their religious books... Why is society so bent on shaming, and hating everyone for anything, everything? With life being like this it's making it hard for children to learn, and be themselves. I don't want my children to grow up hiding certain things from their friends because they fear they will lose their friends. I've lost a few friends when I came out of the broom closet.

I know that you can't change how people will react, or how they will treat a particular situation, but I wish for my children's sake I could... I wish for them that I could protect them from whatever may come from whatever path they choose later in life. If I can't even look at a book on the bus in public without getting this kind of look... What will happen when my kids go to school with their book of shadows in their backpacks? Will the school call me and say they threw it out?

Oh man if they did that I would go down there with my lawyer, and sue their butts off! No one has the right to take anyone's books from them no matter what type of religious material. I just feel that this lady could of decided to go about things differently. I mean I don't stare at people like that when they have bibles, or handing me pamphlets on the street, I smile and say thank you and then gracefully hand it to someone else on my way into the mall. I may not believe in their God but I don't disrespect their God. I wish people were more like me I guess...

I try to practice good manners, and I have learned that a little bit goes a long way, and my boys deserve the best chance in life. They shouldn't feel pressured into conformity because its the mainstream thing. I feel that they will be as unique as me. I just want them to know that they are allowed to choose, and the choice is not wrong no matter what others may feel. It's what will give them the spirituality they need.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed my hub :)

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    • Ta-Iset profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

      I hope that pleases you Calculus. :)

    • Ta-Iset profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

      I shall heed your request. I will do that right now. Thank you for commenting.

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      3 years ago

      I still strongly urge you to replace the photo with something else, perhaps a stock photo of bus passenger. Or use an image editing program like to blur her face. It's the kind of thing that can get you in trouble with HubPages.

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      3 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

      Calculus I'd like to thank you for commenting. I also want to say, that where I live I get this look a lot from many people because of how I dress, what my kids carry with them. Like my son, he carries a girl teddy bear, and many people ask me why a girl?

      I also get comments on why I wear a scarf on my head and around my neck like Muslims do. I also read on the bus most of the time, and some times I read Pagan material depending on if I'm getting ready for a sabbat, sometimes I read twilight.

      My point is, she was staring at me like that the whole bus ride. She was looking at others, smiling, and then she looked at me like that. I wrote the hub the way I did to engage in conversation. I was hoping for someone to comment as you did so I could have this conversation. You yourself are assuming that I just snapped a photo. But if you read anything on my hubs, I am respectful, and peaceful, I don't assume. I assess the situation, and then make a judgement call.

      I have a mother in law who looks at me with the same look on her face, she tells me all the time my children are going to hell because I believe in Osiris who is the God of the underworld. To her this is the devil... I don't have to justify why I believe what I believe, just as I shouldn't expect to be looked like this by anyone. I never encountered anyone staring at me as long as she has, with a disability, or an illness. I ride transit all the time, all over where I live. Sometimes I have to take 2 hour bus rides, sometimes and hour and a half, I have a yearly bus pass that I use 3 times a week. So that is to say I see and encounter many people regularly. I never encountered someone staring at me because of a book full of rituals.

      I've had people stop me in the mall, or on the street and ask me why I read that material, and if I think it's proper upbringing for my children, and I comment accordingly.

      Thank you for your comment, but we both cannot know what she was thinking, because I did not ask, for the mere fact I was uncomfortable by it.

    • Ta-Iset profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you Lawrence, I write a lot about my experiences, mostly because people can relate, and give their experiences, I try to make it engaging, and safe for people to have an opinion. :) I'm working on a new hub right now and I'm just finishing up some of the details so I can post it :)

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      I saw this title and just had to read it. I'm a bus driver!!

      What you went through shouldn't happen, but we see it every day!

      I only drive urban routes here in Godzone (kiwi nickname for New Zealand) but in a busy day I'll deal with about 300 passengers and you get everything from the really nice to the confused and lost onto the hilarious and the downright hostile!

      Peiple using my bus regularly know my beliefs (I do talk to passengers!) And they know they can expect to be treated with respect. It makes my day when people get off the bus with a smile, a happy day feels nicer than a grumpy one!

      I was going to suggest you talk to the person but the other day I almost had a fight break out between two elderly people (he is in his late seventies and hates women, she is almost ninety and hates men!) So that doesn't work!

      Really enjoyed this hub and I'll be looking in on future hubs


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      3 years ago

      I'm shocked that someone would snap a picture of another passenger and post it online with rude commentary. You know nothing of the woman's mental state and have completely fabricated a story about her judging you for your religion.

      As a frequent user of public transit, I know that a lot of passengers who look and act "weird" often have some mental and physical issues and sometimes they just stare at other passengers for no particular reason. Maybe you look really familiar or they are looking at the scene out the window behind you.

      I would strongly suggest you remove the picture and reflect on your own judgmental tendencies. Nobody on the bus cares if you worship King Tut or the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz. How would you like it if someone took a picture of you and posted it online saying 'look at this weirdo.' Does your religion not teach you to have some decency and compassion for people?

    • Ta-Iset profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

      I wouldn't send my kids to school with their bos, I was using it as an example of the standards of society to look differently at those who aren't following a mainstream religion.

      Also I would of thought she was just mindlessly staring at me, but she kept staring at me. Looking away and then staring at me again.... this went on for most of the bus ride.... all the way until I got off the bus. So I couldn't help but feel uncomfortable by it.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      I would try not to worry about it; she could have been zoned out, lost in thought of her own, mourning the loss of her beloved cat, etc... you might have just happened to be the thing in her line of site while her mind drifted a million miles away. For your own sanity, it's better not to assume.

      I would be careful of sending kids to school with their BOS though... a BOS is too precious, you never know. Kids lose things, other kids tease, and schools do have the legal right to confiscate things if they find it inappropriate or a distraction. With something like a BOS it's better safe than sorry.

      Thanks once again for sharing your interesting experiences and stories.


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