You have probably boarded a matatu en route to your house or work, and on each journey, you have been seated next to different people. The type of passenger who wants to have a conversation with you, yet you do not know them, or sometimes a person who does not say even one word until you alight.
When boarding a matatu, you never know who you will sit next to. You are only sure to sit next to a person but not what type of a person.
Public settings are unpredictable in terms of the people that you come close to.
Here are the 10 types of people you are likely to meet in a Matatu.
1. Earphones gang
From when they board the matatu to when they alight, this type of people plugs their ears with earphones. They are mostly busy on their phones, changing from one song to the next.
In this type of passenger too, there are two categories. Those that sing along to the songs they listen to, and those that listen quietly. Pray that you sit next to the latter.
2. Hungry birds
Their main business in that matatu is eating. They will fish out some packed fries and start eating them one by one. Others will be nibbling on pop corns and biscuits.
Here, some bought their food before boarding the matatu, and others buy something to eat every time an opportunity arises like when a hawker comes into the matatu.
3. The phone call squad
You are also likely to meet the matatu user that we can call the phone call squad. There is this type of passenger that speaks on their phone all through the journey. They make call after call. When one call ends, another lengthy one may come through.
They usually have no time for anything else and might even pass their destination.
4. The Sleepy one
Five minutes after hitting the road and their heads start going side to side with the heaviness of sleep in their heads. They will try as much as possible to be strong, but they won’t be lucky enough.
You will see them adjusting their sitting position to get comfortable. This comfortable position might end up being your shoulder.
5. The Chatty one
Another matatu user you may sit next to is the chatty one. They will find a way to talk with you when you least expect it.
They may start talking to you in a way that makes you wonder if you know each other.
Later on, they will go on to introduce themselves.
6. The Type of Passenger who reads all through
Another Matatu user you are likely to meet is the reader. This particular matatu user is very focused. They might not even look at you. Their eyes are fixed on their books, turning page after page.
This passenger loves reading, and they wouldn’t waste any opportunity they get.
7. The Browser
We have probably met with this type of person severally in a matatu. Their eyes are usually on the phone, jumping from one social media site to the next. The whole time, they will either be watching a video, reading a short text, or liking photos on Instagram.
8. The Window Lookers
Windows serve many purposes, and one of them is sightseeing. The whole journey, you will see this passenger peeking out the window. This person looks at everything that is there to be seen as they move.
Their concentration on the process may make you want to do the same because you won’t help but wonder what is out there that might be that interesting.
9. The Bargainer
When the conductor is asking for fare, this passenger usually will fearlessly bargain. Most of the time, they do not look the bargaining type but will go ahead and do it. They will insist on that amount they have, and sometimes the conductor might accept; other times, it will be drama.
10. The one minding your business
As you mind your business on your phone, they will also mind your business by peeking to see your messages. They will also scroll on social media with you, and whenever you go, they will go.
As you sit quietly in your seat, the next thing is to wait a few minutes, and the character you have sat next to will reveal themselves fully.
Which one are you? Or which one have we missed? Let us know in the comments.
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