Cable cars are something that immediately comes to mind when one thinks of San Francisco. It's a very iconic symbol. Therefore when you work for something that helps define a city you should think of yourself as an ambassador of sorts. You should by no means behave like a total jerk. My husband and I rode the cable cars twice while we were in the city. The waits in general are long and the ride is really not anything special. You can ride the street cars for a similar experience. With that said, our first experience riding the cable car was better than the second. On the first ride we did have to wait for a second car to come around. The driver/ conductor (not sure what the official term is) of the first car that rode by told us "sorry folks we are full." Ok, that is fine thank you for letting us know. The second time we rode the cars- we were the third group in line. the first car that came by let on a family of 5 and then said full, the second car did not even stop and when we yelled out hey are you going stop, the worker riding in the back was totally rude. He said something like well you need to get out here and hurry it up. While the car did stop, there really was no where to squeeze yourself. so i said to my husband- this is not worth it, I don't want to be squeezed on here hanging off the side- i didn't feel safe. So I stepped off, which forced my husband off - the other group could not find a spot either. the driver in the back then said - very sarcastically "what's the matter, couldn't fit". It really was said in a condescending tone. We all commented on this (i.e., his inappropriate attitude) as the car drove away. All he had to say was "sorry folks we are full". I know they can say this because other cars did. You know, I understand we are tourists, we can be annoying at times. However, your city is full of us and we are not going away. Tourism is part of your industry - we bring money into your town... And again- you are representing your city when you work on the cable cars and you really made a very poor impression for your town. Ultimately we ended up getting on at another stop where the car was not so full. Again though the ride was not any big deal. I can't say this is something to avoid if you come to SF. We just had such a poor experience that second time, I felt the need to note it. Perhaps whoever is in charge of the cable cars can remind the employees to try to keep a pleasant attitude.
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