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The other bother was a security lady who took exception to me sitting on the floor and not in the plastic seats. - Izzie

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by Izzie
"Got off the bus from Blantyre in Malawi to Jo'burg (about 26 hrs) and was hoping for a pick up. Used the pay phones twice but only got voice mail, so plonked my bags down, ate an ice cream and settled in.At one point I asked a security lady where the car park was, to look incase my friend was waiting there. She took me outside and stood with me a while, which was nice, cos Park Station used to be really unsafe in a Jo'burg crime wave way.I only got bothered twice, once by a homeless white south african after some rand. I told him I'd just come from Malawi an had no money. I then had to sneak into a shop to get that ice-cream without him seeing me...The other bother was a security lady who took exception to me sitting on the floor and not in the plastic seats. I assured her I was fine, whilst thinking to myself "why the hell aren't you using a seat..?" But then it was a matter of pride and I could hardly move after telling her I was ok on the floor. So i stayed.The occasional announcements aren't too frequent. What got to me was that I couldn't understand a word of them, I guess Africanised english doesn't work well over a tannoy.I didn't check out the toilets, but I guess they are ok. The whole place was pretty clean, and there were some ladies with mops around.There is also a big TV screen showing annoying adverts and some music (sometimes gospel noooooo). This isn't loud tho and it's possible to ignore it. However the same adverts come round regularly, so you can use it as a measure of how long you have been there. Handy."

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