OH MY GOD OH MY GOD!!!
Pet Peeve Alert!!!
At minimum, once school starts for about the first few weeks, I get at lease 5-10 of these e-mails and calls each day:
“mbg” I am the the parent of a (fill in the blank) grader at Whatever School. *
I would like to have the bus stop that my child is assigned to changed. I am requesting this because:
A) My little demon has to walk to the end of the block and that’s just too far for my widdle pwecious.
- My wife is home with our two year old and/or a baby and cannot see the bus stop from our window.
I swear to the Bus Gods that one day soon, I’m to respond to these people the way I want to, but then I may as well clean out the office.
***Note:**This same mail has come from parents with kids old as 9th grade. I shit you not.
We have gone so far as to include some of these in the FAQ’s on our website, and STILL I get calls from people who argue even after I explain and try to make them understand reality:
The bus drives right past my house. Why can’t it stop at my house?
The higher frequency of stops makes the motoring public impatient. This results in people driving around the bus, a dangerous situation. It also delays the bus by increasing the number of stops and makes the student ride time longer. Stops are placed to be convenient for groups of students in the subdivision.
I can’t see the bus stop from my house.
We provide transportation for over 11,000 students. We are not able to position bus stops so that all parents are able to see the stop from their home.
I leave for work early and can’t watch my child get on the bus. Can’t the stop be at my home?
In order to be consistent and fair in placement of bus stops, we cannot establish stops based on personal circumstances.
And so on.
In my state, unless you live 1.5 miles or have to deal a serious hazard, they do not receive bus service. So someone can walk to school up to 1.5 miles but someone else who has a bus stop to walk to can’t walk 4 houses down the street?
Parents piss me off.
Once, last year, I had some guy so mad at me because I wouldn’t move a stop ONE HOUSE so his wife could see the stop from her front window. (oh, yeah tell me they’re standing at the window watching all morning) He eventually was so pissed he sent an e-mail - containing an 8 page Powerpoint with Google Maps and penciled in sight lines, homes of current students highlighted, threats to Alert the Media - to everyone on my school board, the Superintendent, the MAYOR of his town, his STATE REPRESENTATIVE and everyone on his block whose address he knew. The powerpoint was remarkable in that it was beyond mean spirited, I seriously considered showing it to a lawyer. I’m an incapable, non-caring, egotistical person who should never be given responsibility over anyone or anything.
So, I never showed this to a lawyer. I did better. I noticed that the dork had sent the mail from his work e-mail account. The Powerpoint was produced on a computer registered to his company. I Googled his company. Easy enough, they’re a pharmaceutical company that deals in some specialized Cancer drugs. He’s the Midwest Sales Director.
I forwarded the mail. To: His company president, the lady listed as the HR director, and the US Sales Director, who I assumed was his boss.
Pimpy and mean? Oh hell yes.
The one that responded was the US Sales Director. A fairly long VERY apologetic letter, explaining his company’s technical use policy, their internet use policy and that yes indeed, just as I speculated, Mr. Jagoff had violated their policies. Finally, thanking me for bringing this to their attention, they can FULLY assure me that there will be no repeat and asking that I contact him directly should Mr Jagoff get in touch with me again for anything other than a legitimate concern.
You don’t mess the The Bus Guy.