I say it. There are times when I’m the only person on the bus when my stop comes up. On certain occasions I put my bike on the rack and walk out the front door to take it down. Situations occur when it’s completely appropriate and courteous to acknowledge the bus driver with a “thank you.”
But what’s with the people who throw out a “thank you driver” all the way from the back door, attempting to acknowledge the driver who’s 20 passengers deep at the front of the bus? I’ve never heard a bus driver try and shout back “you’re welcome”.
This bizarrely polite situation occurs fairly often on MUNI buses in San Francisco. Is this happening on buses in other cities?