A commercial bus (trotro) driver last Tuesday night had the shock of his life when the conductor he was working with absconded with the entire sales they had made for the day.
The incident which occurred at about 7:45 p.m. at Odorkor in Accra was a mixture of laughter and sorrow as passengers on board the vehicle were surprised at the sudden disappearance of the conductor, also known as trotro mate.
According to Daily Graphic reports, it all began in the full glare of this reporter when the Kasoa-bound vehicle heading from Accra, with registration number GX 431-12, picked passengers at the bus stop near the traffic lights on the Graphic Road.
As the vehicle got to the Odorkor Bus Stop, the driver stopped to enable passengers to alight and pick others. It was at this point that the mate suddenly disappeared after opening the door for passengers to alight.
The driver, initially unaware of the disappearance of his mate, started calling on the mate to close the door of the bus for him to continue the journey but there was no response from the mate’s end.
After about three minutes, the driver then decided to get down from the vehicle to find out what was happening. It was then that he realised the mate was nowhere to be found.
Passengers who had by then started murmuring over the delay of the movement of the vehicle, asked the driver where his mate was. It was then that he said the mate had absconded with the day’s sales.
Asked whether he knew the mate, he said, it was someone who introduced him (mate) to him to work with for that day.
“I don’t know him it was someone who introduced him to me at CMB. I am sure I would get him,” he said.
Asked why he did not have a permanent mate, he said, “the young boys nowadays don’t want to work, they just want to make quick money. It is difficult getting someone who want to stay with you and work”.
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