The temperature outside the Des Moines Greyhound bus terminal on a February morning fell to a dangerously frigid 17 degrees below zero. But the bus driver who dropped off Ankur Singh and 10 other passengers so that they could wait for a connecting motorcoach, knowing that it would be an hour before the terminal would open, didn’t seem to care.
“He had absolutely no sympathy at all,” says Singh, a documentary filmmaker who lives in Bloomington, Ill. “He was completely apathetic.”
Question: I need your help with a bus ticket. A few days ago, I received a notice from Greyhound that a ticket I had earned as part of its rewards program was about to expire.
I tried to resolve this at the Greyhound station in Philadelphia, but they said their computers couldn’t handle an awards redemption. I called the customer service number they gave me, but they said they do not process award tickets any more, and they gave me another number. The person at that number was extremely rude and refused to help me. I was told to go to a Greyhound station in some other city that had the computer capability.
I sent an email to Greyhound and received a reply that they’d reimburse me for half a ticket if I paid for it.
This is a classic example of bait-and-switch. I am thoroughly disgusted with Greyhound. I don’t think they have any intention of keeping their promise. Do you? — Lois Shestack, Philadelphia
Answer: Are you sure you weren’t flying? The kind of behavior you’re describing — the silly rules, the endless runaround, the rude customer service — is typically associated with airlines, not Greyhound. Read more “Where are my Greyhound Rewards?”
He was traveling from Toronto to Rochester, NY, with a stopover in Buffalo on Greyhound, and not only did the motorcoach leave after its scheduled departure time, but the driver also got lost — he took the wrong highway exit. (Maybe there’s a job waiting for him at Northwest Airlines.) Gerlach missed his connection in Rochester, forcing him to wait another four hours for the next bus to Rochester.