Getting onto a trotro entitles passengers to certain interesting advantages everyone should be well aware of:
- It’s your responsibility to pay the fare, and even though it’s your unmistakable right to receive change for fares, it is, in the words of a friend mate “absolutely a display of lack of common sense, firstly, and inconsiderate” when u expect the mate not to get upset with you after handing him a GHC20 note for a fare of 20 or 25 pesewas
Comment- in such cases when the mate cannot give you change, you may be spared the fare for that trip, but don’t mistake this as a blessing… it is far south of that.
- It is your right to a seat in the bus, but in the case where, your average body size naturally covers more than one seat, it will be your responsibility to pay for the two out of concern for the comfort of other passengers. And in the case where you are the victim and you’re being squeezed in, there’s not much that can do, sorry.
- It’s your right to complain when the fares are increased, but it’s your responsibility to shut up and pay the fare.
Comment – after all, 15 other people have already paid after that same flimsy argument.
- It’s your right to sleep in the trotro, or maybe a privilege, but your responsibility comes in multiple folds; don’t fall asleep on your fellow passengers; you may drool on them or head-butt them, don’t miss your stop, and don’t get picked.
Comment – just stay awake, you might catch something interesting anyway
- It’s your right to receive phone calls in the trotro, but it’s your responsibility to keep your voice down or talk briefly, oh and to maintain a trotro-acceptable ring tone. Izzy’s Wengeze is allowed though
- It’s your right to admonish the mate to take a shower regularly, but it’s your responsibility to avoid aerial or proximate contact with the mate’s armpit.
- It’s your right to be comfortable in the trotro, but it is your responsibility to endure the barely padded metal seats and sardine-like seating configurations.
- It’s your right to join a trotro queue but it is your unfortunate responsibility to make sure you are not cut.
Comment – depending on the size or ‘hardness’ of who cuts you, advice yourself
- There’s this interesting double standard kind of law passengers should be aware of; drivers are more likely to pick up a passenger at an illegal stop than drop you off at the same illegal stop, you can complain but sorry, who is driving?
- It’s your right to be dressed very neatly or ‘freshly’ in a trotro, but it’s your responsibility to make sure your clothes don’t get dirtied or ever so often torn by the seat.
- It’s your right to purchase products from trotro salespersons but it is realy at your own risk the side effects of the products.
Comment – none of the drugs really has an expiry date and apparently, all of them can cure impotence for some weird reason.
Trotro’s may be out of control, but these little things help you enjoy a good experience. This list is by no means exhaustive, what other ‘rights and responsibilities’ do you know of? Make your voice heard!!