Have you noticed how nearly everyone has crafted ways to make extra cash from one another? It is disheartening.
Times were when trotros operated just as their name determined; taking passengers from one stop to the other and taking money reasonable enough for the distance. They made their money (or sales as they now prefer) by hauling passengers from all stops along their chosen routes, and no one complained.
Now the trotro drivers are also into making extra money, and it is not as though they are now starting the discomforting behaviour, it is the institutionalisation of the ‘scheme’ that irks so much.
These days, a Banana Inn-bound trotro from Kwame Nkrumah Circle will take GHp40 from you, and you can choose to alight, or drop at anywhere on the route, such as at the Obetsebi Lamptey roundabout or Korle-bu – halfway through the distance – and you do so at your own pleasure. They will do same taking GHp35 from you between La (Labadi) and Kwame Nkrumah Circle and you can drop at Labone Junction, Danquah First, Danquah Second, Fire Service or GBC, the fare is the same.
The minute you get down, the aplanke (driver’s mate) gets busy looking for a replacement for your vacant seat! And what they do, (aplanke plus driver) is what gets your blood running hot and adrenalin high.