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Catching the bus

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Catching the bus

I know there are not really bus stops in Turkey but I always find it curious why people will stand 10m away from where the bus leaves and wait for it to stop rather than sitting inside whilst it is waiting to leave - is anyone able to explain?

Kas, Turkey
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1. Re: Catching the bus

You don't think they are going to have to walk any further than they have to do you.

They would rather stand & wait for the bus to come to them than walk that extra 10m. That's why they also park so badly as they must be as near to the shop they want so they'd rather double park, park at an angle causing problems for other drivers than walk that little bit further.

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2. Re: Catching the bus

When Dorothy had just arrived in Oz, she was looking around and awed at the beauty and splendor and said "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more. "

Bus stops, in rural areas, are a fairly recent experience for most village folks. They are used to standing on the curb or by the road anywhere they have a view of the oncoming traffic so as to see the next bus. Perhaps that extra 10 m affords them a better view, perhaps they are tired from carrying several kilos of food from the market, perhaps they just like "that spot"? The bus will pick them up anywhere they happen to be standing. This is certainly not the case in Chicago nor in London nor in Istanbul. If you go to Istanbul you will see people using the bus stop because the city buses will not stop except at the bus stops.

In the same way, curbs and regulated parking is seldom enforced in many places in Turkey as it is, for example, in Boston where illegal parking for 10 minutes cost me a tow-away and a 40 dollar fine!! I am sure most cities in the UK are the same. If enforcement was not so rigid, would American or British drivers park so nicely? I doubt it. If I could park next to a fire hydrant in Chicago for 10 minutes and run into a store to do a quick purchase, I probably would without thinking about it. Maybe others are not so inclined...

A long winded answer to your question, I am sure there are other reasons.

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