The bus driver told us 10 mins and then the bus would leave with or without us.
Well, he was true to his word.
The bus set off without 4 passengers!
Somewhere in the front, there were apparently 2 passengers missing: their belongings were strewn across the seats. A boy and his mother. Nearby passengers flagged this to the driver, who pointed out that they had been warned.
Then another passenger pointed out that the father of 2 boys (minors) on the bus was also missing. The boys (9-11) would have no one to look after them during the journey and esp when it stopped at Denver. This time, the driver took the bus around and we picked up the 4.
Overall, I think this particular driver wouldn't be winning Mr Popularity with this lot of passengers anytime soon...
Long after everyone had settled down, the indignant murmurs continued, with some passengers even wanting to report the driver for kidnapping to the cops! (this is the US) Mostly, the indignation was about the "10 minutes" promised - while the bus started off again only after 7-8 mins...
Eventually, I think the worst for the driver is a telling off from somebody at Greyhound (apparently, the 4 passengers abandoned at the rest stop had called Greyhound)
Anyway, we got to Denver at 7 pm (no passengers missing - although some passengers luggage was missing - having been left behind in Kansas City!)