Transport for London recently implemented a new recorded announcement that says, "Please hold on, the bus is about to move." The recording was, ostensibly, for the safety of bus passengers. The only problem was that it often played after the bus had begun to move. That, and Londoners found it highly annoying.
Safety police can now rest assured — the timing has been fixed. But for some reason, Londoners are still ticked off about it.
The announcement now says, "Please hold on while the bus is moving" — a subtle change, yet significant?
Transport for London is no doubt figuring they've covered their arses on those occasions it plays once the bus is already in motion.
By which time, all the little old ladies are already on the floor in a big heap of anoraks and felt hats...— Squeaky (@BeesBugsNBass) January 28, 2018
I see the buses have hedged their bets and changed their "the bus is about to move" to "please hold on while the bus is moving".— Another Angry Woman (@stavvers) January 27, 2018
Friday good news: TfL have realised how ridiculous those ‘please hold on, the bus is about to move’ announcements on buses are, so have removed them.— Seb (@sebbyRIOT) January 26, 2018
Friday bad news: TfL have replaced it with equally redundant and ridiculous ‘please hold on while the bus is moving’.
However, bus riders continue to find it irritating:
Ooooh bus alert has changed to 'please hold on while the bus is moving'. I see how they dodged it being inaccurate, now what about it being annoying as hell.— Katherine Dunn (@elgatty) January 26, 2018
Please hold on while the bus is moving Please hold on while the bus is moving Please hold on while the bus is moving Please hold on while the bus is moving Please hold on while the bus is moving Please hold on while the bus is moving PLEASE HOLD ON WHILE THE BUS IS MOVING #crazy— Nathan Wade (@natewade87) January 26, 2018
But others didn't see a cause for concern, or even discussion:
And this is so important why???— Josephine Hinebutt (@Outiecats) January 27, 2018
People need to get out of their own arses. People are dying for lack of medical care and food. Babies are being aborted. Goid grief how petty can some be. Wake the hell up