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The Bus Driver As Babysitter

I was riding on the bus today, and one of the stops on my way home was at a small plaza with a convenience store. The bus stopped, and a woman came running towards the bus, with her two small children; a toddler son, and a preschool-ish aged daughter. The bus driver waited for them to get on, which is fine, except the mother left the children on the bus, and ran BACK into the store, without them. The children were very cute, and were telling the bus driver, “We’re brother and sister!”; and excitedly showing him the bubble gum their mother had bought them, but it still seemed rude, because this mother was holding up an entire bus full of people, all of the people in the cars behind the bus, impeding traffic at the nearby intersection, and forcing the driver to “babysit” her children while she ran back into the store (the driver was a good sport, but babysitting isn’t part of his job). Maybe I’m the one who deserves to go to E-Hell for thinking this way, because the kids didn’t do anything wrong, but my thoughts on this are, public transit is public. If you want to put the kids on, and then run back into the store, well, that’s something you do with a private vehicle in a parking lot, not a bus in the middle of the street.    0814-14


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  • PWH August 27, 2014, 7:52 am

    This all reminds me of something I saw last night. I was at a fast food restaurant. My husband and I were waiting for our food order (to go) next to a woman with three small children in tow. I believe the youngest was about 7 or younger. Once her food was ready, she sat in the small dining area with her children. About 5 minutes later, one of the youngest needed to use the restroom. She got up with him and left her other two children in the booth eating. Outside of myself and my husband, there were no other people in the restaurant except staff. Although I can understand the pressure and difficulty of balancing three children alone, I would never leave my children under the supervision of strangers. She was gone for more than 5 minutes. In this time anything could have happened. One of the children could have choked on their food or a stranger could have walked into the restaurant and taken advantage of the situation. I would rather risk my food, than my children.

    • PWH August 27, 2014, 7:54 am

      The above should read that the oldest child was around 7. The youngest was 2-3.

      • Fae August 30, 2014, 9:45 am

        Well, statistically, a child has a much higher risk of being bitten by a stray dog, than abducted by a stranger.
        Plus, I’ve been in the employee’s position before. It’s usually a case of (if we weren’t busy) to have an eye on the kid.

    • Cj September 25, 2014, 1:56 pm

      Kinda odd for you to be weirded out by that. I come from a small city (AMERICA) and that is the norm. We figure if your six year old cannot be left alone for ten minutes, you probably have failed as a parent. Or if a child over 2 has to be supervised eating because they may choke? That is kind of ridiculous and obliviously the parent has failed to instill basic common sense in a kid. As a community we watch the children of other people. We believe in showing children the kindness in others and not to show them the whole world is scary and out to get you. This helicopter parenting has got to stop. It is retarding children. It will be scary to see a whole generation of children in a few years as adults who were never allowed to play unsupervised or given any autonomy to grow and be their own person.

  • vader February 5, 2015, 7:54 pm

    that’s not just irritating, but quite dangerous. she didn’t know the driver, PR anyone on the bus. that is a great opportunity to loose your children.