There are just two local bus services in this little town, that run in small circles all day, from the coast (and shops), up the foothills of the Sussex Downs to the residential areas at the back.
Town is, of course, the end of the line and on every single circuit there are five or six minutes between the bus arriving outside our lone supermarket and departing once again. Often the entire time (plus a bit) used to be taken up with shoppers heaving themselves and their bags into position.
Since the bus fares went up, a few more people have turned to sharing taxis, particularly when, for most runs home, the price of a taxi is just less than the price of two bus tickets, but this hasnt affected things that much. The route takes about a half hour, round trip, so the waiting time is built in.
Today a (new?) Traffic Warden witnessed Terry, our bus driver, pull into the bus space behind the taxi bay outside the supermarket and remain stationary for the requisite* two minutes, at which point he/she gave him a ticket. Yes folks, the local traffic warden gave the local bus a ticket. Terry has been told by the aforementioned super-zealot in uniform that the bus bay is for dropping off and picking up only and so he is not allowed to sit there with the engine running until the time that the bus timetable says he should leave. Not even when (as was the case) he is about to do the last run of the day, so anyone arriving on time for the bus, would have missed it.
All the taxi drivers are laughing; the news is going around like wildfire, and he and his bus made their way around the back streets of this town to the tune of honking taxi horns and shouts of "Naughty boy, Terry!"
Jimmy Perry would be so proud. (This town is (was used as) Walmington)
*I believe that UK Traffic wardens have to observe a vehicle breaking a law for a full 120 seconds before writing out a ticket. The TW must have had a stopwatch out as soon as the bus pulled up. Plonker.