Saturday, February 23, 2013

Petition on bad Greyhound bus trip arrangement goes viral on the Web

We more often than not suffer travel glitches but elect to ignore our woes for no good reason.

But one traveler from Minneapolis to Bloomington, Illinois on the famous Greyhound bus service has not. And he has taken up the matter on the web, which has gone viral with 75,000 signatories already.

Ankur Singh, a college freshman  bought ticket from Greyhound Lines sounded miserable enough to begin with: His trip home from Minneapolis to Bloomington, Illinois, left at midnight and included a five-hour layover in Des Moines, Iowa, from 4 a.m. until 9 a.m.

However, when the bus with Mr Singh aboard arrived at the Des Moines stop, he learned that the bus station didn't open until 5 a.m., meaning the connecting passengers would be left out in the cold for a frigid hour. reports that the low temperature on Feb. 1 was 6 below zero. Singh says the wind chill factor made it feel even colder.

As Singh describes on his petition, "Everyone layered on all of the clothes they had with them and huddled for warmth -- they even wrapped t-shirts around their heads to keep their ears from going numb."

Singh has since spoken to Greyhound representatives and understands that the bus station was operated by a partner carrier called Jefferson Lines. Still, he explained over the phone to Yahoo!, "I had bought my ticket from Greyhound. I expected I would be taking care of all the way through and I would be taken care of by them." According to Singh, that was not the case.

The petition continues to gather signatures and hundreds of comments from other travelers claiming to have had similar experiences being stranded at a closed bus station.

Read more about it at: Yahoo News
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