While I was waiting for a bus to leave the garage, I talked with a couple of the drivers who were sitting around waiting for their buses. The first one I talked to looked about in his late 30's, told me he had been driving 19 years-- did not attempt to identify him as far as name was concerned. I started out by asking him whether business was picking up on the lines. He said Saturday used to be one of their best days but that this one had been pretty bad. Went into lengthy discussion of how everybody had cars now and wanted to drive them in town no matter how long they had had to look for a place to park and how many times they had to send their kids back to put money in the parking meters. He wouldn't be bothered with all that worry about the meters but people didn't seem to mind. They were car crazy and were going to drive their own cars no matter how much it cost them or how much trouble it was.
HOLDEN: This boycott has hurt a lot, hasn't it?
DRIVER: Sure has and I don't know what they're going to do about the fares when the Nigras start riding again. They can't pay that much but I don't think the company will want to come down.
HOLDEN: I guess nobody ever thought it would last this long.
DRIVER: No. When I heard about it, I said well, it'll only be a day or two and they'll be riding again. But you'll have to hand it to 'em. They've done a good job with it.
HOLDEN: It's been way over a month now and they still seem to be going strong.
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Publication information: Book title: Daybreak of Freedom:The Montgomery Bus Boycott. Contributors: Stewart Burns - Editor. Publisher: University of North Carolina Press. Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 177.
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