Laws and rules are universal, but they can vary according to the place that you are, from school to your job or from a country to another one. Many nations in the world, like India, are really strict when it comes to rules and this next story is an example of how things can be different all around the world.
This situation seems pretty funny when you are reading it, but the protagonist is far from laughing about what happened. It was a normal night for this 44-year-old driver until the bus stopped at the forest while it was doing its route from an isolated village called Ellavadi to the urban city of Harur.
There were a couple of passengers in the many seats of the bus, but at one of the stops, some inspectors got in to check that everything was okay. Surprise visits from inspectors aren’t a strange thing to bus drivers and conductors, but these ones weren’t happy about one of the passengers.
The person who caught the attention of one of the inspectors was a 45-year-old heavily drunk man who was accompanied by his dear pigeon. The man was yelling, rather than speaking, to the bird, who of course wasn’t getting into the conversation.
Driver Punished Over Free-Riding Pigeon
You would think that the inspector was upset because of the drunk man’s rude behavior and that the driver nor the conductor weren’t doing anything about it, but he was angry and scolded the conductor because apparently, the pigeon was riding for free.
As the conductor’s job is to check the riders’ tickets when they get into the bus, the inspector was blaming him for not charging a ticket to the bird, to which the conductor stated that the drunk man didn’t originally board with the pigeon and that he had taken it from the window.
Still, the inspector thought this wasn’t a good excuse and decided to cite an official government rule that stated that “all conductors must charge an additional one-fourth of the standard fare for any passenger transporting 30 pigeons”. This sounds rarely specific, but evidently, this is a common issue among buses in India.
Disgusted by the reproach, the conductor defended himself saying that the rule talked about 30 pigeons, and in this case, they were discussing only one. However, the inspector didn’t care about that and wrote him a citation against the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC), along with a fine for an undisclosed amount of money.