A holidaymaker in China has credited a South Korean tour bus with tackling his insomnia.
At first Andy Young, 31, thought it was someone playing jokes on him when the bus driver started drifting off behind the wheel near the city of Xi’an.
When Young woke up in Xi’an, he took photographs and posted them on his social media page showing the bus driver slumped over as passengers get up and cheer him up.
Young said that although he had suffered from insomnia and sleeping disorders for a while, this wasn’t his first major experience of sleeping dysfunction.
Last year, Young wrote about how the South Korean tour bus driver was hitting and throwing other people out of his vehicle while he slept on its roof. In 2013, the bus driver in Nice, France, woke up sleeping next to a man laying across the aisle, and was promptly told off by a passenger who was sleeping in his seat. In 1992, a bus driver’s habit of falling asleep while steering the bus caused a deadly crash in Nova Scotia.
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“I took a trip in South Korea earlier this year and encountered a very similar situation,” Young said. “As soon as I saw that driver slumped over, I made a video because that could be my very own sleeping on the bus.”
The bus with its bright South Korean paintjob and no-ice safe drink holder made such an impression that its passengers decided to get the driver out of the seat he fell asleep on, and loaded him onto the bus. The driver was so keen to leave his throne that he even swore loudly and refused to even turn over.
The driver of a company that owns the bus has told local media that he took the footage to help his business. “Most drivers out there have some bad habits and we cannot change that,” he said. “We just let them improve them.”
The bus is the third in a series of videos that have been uploaded to Young’s YouTuber account by people who have experienced sleeping disorders or insomnia on board tour buses. The videos, which have generated a number of positive comments, have also been shared widely on social media.
Young said he had not been approached by tour bus companies for permission to film the videos, but agreed to let them make money from them. “They’re so helpful to the public when they’re not just rubbish,” he said.