I take the shuttle bus from my doorstep to the local supermarket. It’s free and most importantly, it’s door to door, so very convenient. We got a new driver a few months ago and he is a nasty old guy, always late and rude. I however have a decent Nihao-xiexie-bye bye relationship. Yesterday, as I was settling in, no other passenger was on board yet and he told me to buy him coffee. Not requested, asked or joked. Ni qing wo kafei…stunned! I pretended not to get it (I didn’t get it, I thought I heard him wrong) so I told him I don’t understand. He simply, stated in English, “you buy me coffee”. Flustered, I just shrugged and said “next time”. He then pointed his finger with and with a bin lang filled mouth said, Not to forget, next time coffee.
UGGHGGGGHHHHHH. Now I know a cup of coffee is nothing. But I feel bullied. I don’t owe him one, he wasn’t jokingly asking me for it and it wasn’t a request either. It was an order. He would dare not do that with any Taiwanese customers of the supermarket. He saw, I was alone and used that opportunity. I don’t want to complain, coz I don’t want him to lose his job over a stupid coffee. Worse, I don’t want to complain and have him keep his job. He drives the bus and if he brakes at the wrong time or drops me 50 metres off, it would be a pain, coz I usually have a kid along with 9 litres of milk and other stuff.
I feel like kicking myself for saying ‘next time’ when I could have said ‘wei shenme?’. Yes I can buy him coffee and that will be that. What if it isn’t?? Secondly should I ask him his preference, hot or cold??
Is it coz he is a bus driver that I feel this way?? I have thought about it and no. It is his tone and inappropriateness. Most of the city bus drivers on the routes I take are quite pally with me. I just never liked this shuttle guy.
Hubby says, I should make a complaint. And take a taxi from here on. I am in 2 minds about complaining and why should I pay 300 NTD (both ways) when there is a free service? (saving the pennies)
Any and all advice appreciated. Thanks.