Buses (why they come in threes)

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Bus operators offer a lot of plausible explanations why you wait an hour for a bus and then three come along at once. They largely involve blaming traffic and/or passengers, the surprising existence of which apparently hamper the efficient running of a bus service.
This is just a cover story. The real reason why buses arrive in threes is that they set off, from the bus station, in threes. There's little attempt to conceal it. A bus conductor nips out of the garage, looks shiftily left and right, and then shouts back 'Bob! Fred! Jimmy! Go! GO ! GO!'
Three double deckers then steam out, racing towards their destination in a competition to see who can arrive first and with least passengers.

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