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GM apologizes for "freaks and weirdos ride the bus" ads

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JimCanukPerson was signed in when posted
04-16-2003
11:45 AM ET (US)
>Again:

>On EVERY bus, without exception, there's at least one >freak or wierdo. If you are ever on a bus and look around >and don't see one, then it's you.
I can tell that by the fact that no one will sit beside me
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BelgandPerson was signed in when posted
04-16-2003
02:06 AM ET (US)
The ad: http://vancouver.indymedia.org/news/2003/03/37322.php
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Richard Steven HackPerson was signed in when posted
04-16-2003
01:33 AM ET (US)
What was that song?

"We're All Bozos On This Bus?"

I ride in San Francisco and yes, there are a huge number of weirdos and sometimes downright dangerous weirdos on just about every bus - especially the doubles...

Not to mention pickpockets...

So I started riding BART out to City College. Much better. Still some weirdos but I can accept them since there are many more good-looking babes on BART...

And the ride is much more comfortable...

And my Fast Pass works on BART within the city so the ride is free (since my Fast Pass comes from the welfare department).

So GM is right about the facts, but of course wrong to suggest that you should buy their car because of it. On the other hand, I do wish I had a car...

Public transportation is a joke in this country and probably will always be a joke. The only reason it is at all workable in San Francisco is because the town is so small area-wise.
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MothrafuggerPerson was signed in when posted
04-16-2003
01:16 AM ET (US)
Whew! Thank heavens I can see the weirdo on this bus.
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LoveGravyPerson was signed in when posted
04-16-2003
12:00 AM ET (US)
Again:

On EVERY bus, without exception, there's at least one freak or wierdo. If you are ever on a bus and look around and don't see one, then it's you.
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Ward ParkwayPerson was signed in when posted
04-15-2003
08:42 PM ET (US)
What most people, even those that were and are offended by this recent ad, don't realize is that others have shown how General Motors was behind the purposeful dismantling of America's mass transit systems in the early 20th century. These systems, which served 9 out of 10 people in 1922, were systematically bought up and scrapped in order to increase the demand for automobiles.

It's a story that more Americans should know about.

Looks like they're still at it. This noxious ad seems like a good opportunity to familiarize the public with what General Motors has been up to all along.
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binkyPerson was signed in when posted
04-15-2003
07:47 PM ET (US)
I'd like to see the ad
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secret agent toastPerson was signed in when posted
04-15-2003
07:15 PM ET (US)
I ride the bus in San Francisco, and I'm a bit of a freak and a weirdo. I'm downright offended that GM has apologized- what, I'm not wierd enough now? not enough of a freak? I gotta get a face tatoo now or a miget lover or something? Damn.

Oh wait: I get it, to be wierd I gotta buy a new GM! Is that it? My art car isn't wierd enough anymore? I gotta have an SUV?
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JimCanukPerson was signed in when posted
04-15-2003
05:02 PM ET (US)
The last time I was on a bus a guy was drinking a large bottle of something that smelled like rancid dog food.No need for an apology.
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QrazyQatPerson was signed in when posted
04-15-2003
02:46 PM ET (US)
This is the line I liked best: "We're like completely surprised that anyone would take offense.... idiots."
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Sikozu Sta.-AnaPerson was signed in when posted
04-15-2003
12:56 PM ET (US)
Hey, at least the ad got pulled. Not that the "apology" does any good, of course.

I live far from Toronny so's I can't say about public transit. But despite the merits of the system - i.e. whether it needs to be cleaner, enforce "no shirt, no shoes, no service" rules or whatever - the ad was offensive. Yuck. & GM's a monster anyhoo so even if the bus is icky, well, screw them.

Besides, some of us have to ride the bus. I ain't a white male balding middle manager but that doesn't make ms. sta.-ana a "freak & weirdo".

Altho, truth be told, I am. But hey! That's not the point. Right?
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Red Headed Ba*dPerson was signed in when posted
04-15-2003
12:50 PM ET (US)
CUTA? WTF is CUTA? Judging by their Website, they appear to be an "astroturf" movement made up of transit industry and government players. I can't find anything on their site indicating that individual citizens (who might actually *ride* the system) are invited to join. I guess they have their own policies concerning creeps and weirdos.

And I wonder how many of these CUTA guys take the bus to work.

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