Are you late for your appointment but your car (social ha?) isn’t available?
Don’t worry, you can ride the almight JEEPNEY! (No, not the one in the picture, it’s a jeep!)
Did you know that jeepneys were invented from leftovers of U.S. military jeeps?
Anyway, if this is your first time riding the infamous transpo then let these tips guide you:
His name is “Barker”. Just tell him what the name of the place you’re going to and he’ll tell you what jeepney route you should take.
He might look dirty and smelly but he’s approachable!
Whatever number the barker/driver says, subtract it by 2 and that’s the number of passengers the jeepney can accommodate.
The driver is trying to squeeze as many people as he can for maximum profit!
If you ask the konduktor or the jeepney driver they would usually overcharge you with a peso or two.
But hey, it’s a small fee to pay for your question!
Anong pake mo sa long hair ko?!!
The wind blowing towards you will make your hair brush on your seatmate’s face and it’s annoying and rude.
If you don’t have a tie, just hold your hair until it’s time to leave.
As an etiquette, those sitting in the middle and the seat at the back of the driver become the ‘passer’ of other passengers’ fare.
The seat beside the driver or the backmost seat are the ideal spots for you to not become one. The front seat though, has no seat belt and is usually reserved for people with disability.
Your baggage may block the way and stop other passengers from entering.
You don’t want to be scold by the driver, do you?
Inside the jeepney or outside, wearing any jewelry isn’t really advisable especially if you have to walk a considerable distance to reach your destination.
If you know how much is the fare, pay it in coins so you don’t have to worry about the sukli. Sometimes, the driver doesn’t give you the change if it’s a peso or two.
A snatcher inside or even OUTSIDE the jeepney could easily snatch it.
Pay attention of your seatmate’s appearance. Even if he/she doesn’t look suspicious, be mindful of your belongings.
Check your pockets all the time. If you carry a bag, wrap your arms around it and make sure the zippers are closed!