Nonna, Just Take the Bus!

7 Mar

This is an ad I’ve been seeing lately on the buses around the city, and every time I see it I just have one of those “ask yourself why” moments.

Can you read it? Wait, let me get closer for you:

Don’t worry, I wasn’t driving when I took this…I was in the passenger’s seat.

Anyhoo, so, the title of the poster is: “FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORT”

And I’m thinking… woo hoo! ‘Bout time!

Wait, what’s that you say?

“Annual transport pass for Rome residents over the age of 70, with income up to €15,000 per year.”

Ok, now, I’m not trying to make fun. Well, not much. It’s just that, how many people age 71 and over still ride Rome’s notoriously bad public transport system? Not many, I’m hoping. But, for those who are still out there, clutching their handbags for dear life and being thrown about like produce on the back of a truck: May God bless ’em!


4 Responses to “Nonna, Just Take the Bus!”

  1. ginkers March 7, 2007 at 4:43 pm #

    I like the income qualification. Like how many Italians of any age – never mind 70 – would declare their proper earnings? And if they did they surely wouldn’t dream of travelling by bus! Brilliant, truly brilliant.

  2. Shelley - At Home in Rome March 7, 2007 at 5:39 pm #

    Ginkers: good point! You know, I hadn’t really even thought of that, but joking aside, it’s really true. If most Italians declared everything they made, they wouldn’t have enough left over to do the grocery shopping. You deserve a grappa for your astute observation.

  3. FinnyKnits March 7, 2007 at 5:53 pm #

    Bus System: “Please, old people, you’re too senile to remember how bad the bus system sucks, right? Why not wait around at a bus stop for some future bus to come by. We don’t know when, but it won’t matter because by the time we get there, you’ll have forgotten where you wanted to go anyway. It’s better for everyone that way.”

  4. Shelley - At Home in Rome March 7, 2007 at 5:58 pm #


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