The Pressure of Inflation
Male, 70, married, two children
Education: high school
Job Status: bus driver
Retirement Income: $35,000
Health: reported good
Retirement Category: early-voluntary, retired for 14 years
Driving bus was a good living. We didn't want for much. We had what the average working man had. The job was a means to an end; I never thought I was qualified for anything better.
I had looked forward to retirement. Things were getting rough in the city. I was 56 when I left, but I would have stayed to the age of 60 if working conditions had been different.
My problem was with the passengers. They called me vile names, threatened me; I was held up once. On my last day I had a run in with two guys who wouldn't pay their fare. The police arrested them and they threatened to get even with me. That night I turned my bus in and never went back to work.
Things were changing in the city. There wasn't a day when I wouldn't have some kind of incident, the pressure kept building up. The doctor said I had hypertension, and since I've retired I've had no problem, so it must have been the job. It begins to tell on a person when every day they're treated like a dog.