If you have followed my blog for any length of time you will know what kind of people I consider bureaucrats to fall in. The item in the Calgary Herald that describes a 7 school bus driver, who also happens to drive her own child to school, got fired for doing the right thing. The right thing was to use her own vehicle to pick up students on her route, using her own vehicle, when for the second day in a row, it proved to be too cold for the busses to start, and wind chills were in the –26C range. Kids were standing out waiting in the cold, for a bus that might not get there, so our bus driver of 7 years took it upon herself to get some of the kids in from the cold, and get them delivered to school.
For this her employer, had her fired! Yes fired! I suppose that the bureaucrats decided that insurance liability, no seat belts in the Escalade, and God knows what else caused the school bus company to fire the lady driver.
Lycia Corbella an editor for the Calgary Herald has written a piece on this travesty, and I have a link to that for her take on this. To my way of thinking what the bus company did displayed a complete lack of understanding in going by some vague rules, some that didn’t even exist, and they fired her. If you want a situation to go FUBAR, give it to a bureaucrat and they will manage o get your there in moments.
Check out Lycia’s column: Lycia Column
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.
This is an old story, but I have enjoyed it for years, I hope it will be as funny for you as it is for me. Ross
THE ITALIAN VIRGIN
Maria had just got married, and being a traditional Italian, she was still a virgin.
On her wedding night, she stayed at her mother’s house, and was very nervous.
Her mother reassured her: "Don’t worry Maria, Tony’s a good man. Go upstairs and he’ll take care of you. Meanwhile, I’ll be making pasta."
So, up she went. When she got upstairs, Tony took off his shirt and exposed his hairy chest.
Maria ran downstairs to her mother and says, "Mama, Mama, Tony’s got a big hairy chest."
"Don’t worry, Maria," says the mother, "All good men have hairy chests. Go upstairs. He’ll take good care of you."
So, up she went again. When she got up in the bedroom, Tony took off his pants exposing his hairy legs.
Again, Maria ran downstairs to her mother, "Mama, Mama, Tony took off his pants and he’s got hairy legs!"
"Don’t worry! All good men have hairy legs. Tony’s a good man. Go upstairs and he’ll take good care of you."
So, up she went again. When she got there, Tony took off his socks and on his left foot he was missing three toes.
When Maria saw this, she ran downstairs. "Mama, Mama, Tony’s got a foot and a half!"
Her Mama said, "Stay here and stir the pasta."
Have a Great Day and be nice to one another.