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2012-09-20 01:19:22 AM
There's a time to think, and a time to act. And this, gentlemen, is no time to think.
 
2012-09-20 01:48:55 AM
thanks subby- i needed something good to read after this horrible day.
 
2012-09-20 01:51:24 AM
Thanks, smits. You put a smile on my face.
 
2012-09-20 01:59:31 AM
Am I a bad person if I think this story may be made up? It's a wonderful story, it just seems to...contrived.
 
2012-09-20 02:01:40 AM
FTFA: Now, a homeless man will have shoes for his feet because of a bus driver's random act of kindness.

Not bad for a Tuesday morning in downtown Winnipeg.


By Tuesday evening, the homeless man had sold the shoes so he could buy some booze.
 
2012-09-20 02:42:36 AM
Every time I think of Canadian buses I think of that guy getting decapitated and mutilated in front of a bus full of Canucks.
 
2012-09-20 03:14:16 AM

eyehate: Every time I think of Canadian buses I think of that guy getting decapitated and mutilated in front of a bus full of Canucks.


Didn't I read somewhere that a witness said "CANNNUCK!" was the sound the head made when it popped off...?
 
2012-09-20 04:34:04 AM
i felt bad because i saw a man with no shoes. until i saw a man who had no feet.
 
2012-09-20 04:34:42 AM
10 minutes later, Joe Buck pissed in the homeless guy's shoes.
 
2012-09-20 04:34:58 AM
We get it, they're white.
 
2012-09-20 04:39:16 AM

Fark Me To Tears: eyehate: Every time I think of Canadian buses I think of that guy getting decapitated and mutilated in front of a bus full of Canucks.

Didn't I read somewhere that a witness said "CANNNUCK!" was the sound the head made when it popped off...?


^ this is why I keep coming back
 
2012-09-20 04:45:32 AM

Ambivalence: Am I a bad person if I think this story may be made up? It's a wonderful story, it just seems to...contrived.


If it was made up there would have been a camera crew, lens flare and explosions recording the entire completely random "spontaneous event".. Oh wait, the headline said Canada? Oh silly me I thought it said America.. Probably fake then..
 
2012-09-20 04:46:11 AM
How did he know his shoes were the right size?
 
2012-09-20 04:46:56 AM
That was pretty awesome.

Right now, this is still the first thing I think of when I hear 'Winnipeg' (lgt best campaign video ever)... but that may change today, who knows.

Props, driver.
 
2012-09-20 04:47:16 AM
What the story doesn't tell you is that the size 9 bus driver gave his shoes to a size 12 homeless guy. Because he's just that big of a prick.
 
2012-09-20 04:47:32 AM
We it be so sappy if a dog took his shoes?
 
2012-09-20 04:54:59 AM

Ambivalence: Am I a bad person if I think this story may be made up? It's a wonderful story, it just seems to...contrived.


Everything starts to seem contrived when you've spent enough time on the Internet.
 
2012-09-20 04:59:06 AM
Great story.

I always feel like we'll never even approach a state of civilisation while we allow the sick and destitute to just fall away with no basic support. Every time I walk past a homeless person it seems that both I and society have failed; there is something basically wrong with everything.

Of course, once we sort that out we have to look beyond our borders. We are all human, and no-one anywhere deserves this.
 
2012-09-20 05:06:06 AM
Waiting for the followup story "Homeless man suing philanthropist bus driver for necrotic foot fungus transmitted in shoes."
 
2012-09-20 05:09:58 AM
So did the bus driver finish driving the route without any shoes?
 
2012-09-20 05:10:35 AM
FedEx Package Exception: Your package 9561 2847 0311 from Winnipeg Transit has been delayed. Delayed long time.

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2012-09-20 05:13:11 AM

CarnySaur: So did the bus driver finish driving the route without any shoes?


Presumably, yes. In addition to serin1's follow-up, another one could be Health Canada issuing notice to the driver for operating without shoes and exiting into the street without a reflective vest.
 
2012-09-20 05:15:36 AM
Somewhere, there is a company bureaucrat who is considering firing the bus driver for delaying the bus and driving without shoes.
 
2012-09-20 05:39:56 AM
Not the same, but I was once on one of the city busses here in Chicago and the bus stopped at an intersection where all four corners were under construction. The person who pulled the cord to get off was blind and asked the bus driver where he could catch the cross street bus. The bus driver said it was just across the street to the North, but he then told the guy to sit back down. After the light changed the bus pulled through the intersection, the driver stopped, and he then got off the bus and walked the blind man through the maze of planks and cones and safety tape to the bench where he could wait for his transfer. Some guy sitting behind me was grumbling about being late for something or other. When the bus driver got back on he said loudly, "I should report you to your supervisor." The bus driver smiled and said, "Go ahead." At that point I said, loudly, "I think I will write to your supervisor, too, and tell him what a great job you did." And, I did. Before I got off the bus I took down his badge number and sent a letter to the head of the Chicago Transit Authority. I got back a very nice letter from some high level official thanking me for complimenting the driver and letting me know that they would forward along my praise. The driver later sent me a Starbucks gift card.
 
2012-09-20 05:47:41 AM

Mock26: Not the same, but I was once on one of the city busses here in Chicago and the bus stopped at an intersection where all four corners were under construction. The person who pulled the cord to get off was blind and asked the bus driver where he could catch the cross street bus. The bus driver said it was just across the street to the North, but he then told the guy to sit back down. After the light changed the bus pulled through the intersection, the driver stopped, and he then got off the bus and walked the blind man through the maze of planks and cones and safety tape to the bench where he could wait for his transfer. Some guy sitting behind me was grumbling about being late for something or other. When the bus driver got back on he said loudly, "I should report you to your supervisor." The bus driver smiled and said, "Go ahead." At that point I said, loudly, "I think I will write to your supervisor, too, and tell him what a great job you did." And, I did. Before I got off the bus I took down his badge number and sent a letter to the head of the Chicago Transit Authority. I got back a very nice letter from some high level official thanking me for complimenting the driver and letting me know that they would forward along my praise. The driver later sent me a Starbucks gift card.


+1
 
2012-09-20 05:49:55 AM
The ride was, as usual, long and uneventful, until we reached the corner of Portage and Main. That's when the driver pulled over. This of course surprised all of the passengers on the bus. But, what happened next still brings tears to my eyes.

Portage and Main-50-below
 
2012-09-20 06:08:57 AM
just another day in canada. that's how we roll.
 
2012-09-20 06:46:29 AM
My brother did that in LA. Well, not driving a bus, but he gave a homeless guy his shoes.

/Cool people are cool.
 
2012-09-20 06:58:48 AM

Earpj: My brother did that in LA. Well, not driving a bus, but he gave a homeless guy his shoes.

/Cool people are cool.


An old friend of mine carried a pair of $1.99 flip flops in her very large purse with her at all times. She would give them to anyone she saw who was without shoes. She only did this in summer, and it was not a pair of shoes, but it was at least something between their bare feet and the ground.
 
2012-09-20 07:04:56 AM

Mock26:

An old friend of mine carried a pair of $1.99 flip flops in her very large purse with her at all times. She would give them to anyone she saw who was without shoes. She only did this in summer, and it was not a pair of shoes, but it was at least something between their bare feet and the ground.


Yeah. Better than nothing. Very cool.
 
2012-09-20 07:07:34 AM
One time I was walking down the street (in Edmonton, which is in Canada), and all these homeless guys kept asking for change. But the thing was, they all had nicer shoes than me. So I asked them where they got their boots, because I needed a pair. It turns out that if you want good shoes you have to become a crack addict.
 
2012-09-20 07:07:56 AM
Its the way we roll in da peg. Gave a homeless guy my gloves one day when it was -30. Gave another homeless guy the finger just the other day.
 
2012-09-20 07:31:43 AM
Winnipeg is One Great City
 
2012-09-20 07:48:52 AM
5 minutes later he pawned the shoes for a pint of MD 20/20 and a crack rock.
 
2012-09-20 07:49:13 AM

Mock26: Not the same, but I was once on one of the city busses here in Chicago and the bus stopped at an intersection where all four corners were under construction. The person who pulled the cord to get off was blind and asked the bus driver where he could catch the cross street bus. The bus driver said it was just across the street to the North, but he then told the guy to sit back down. After the light changed the bus pulled through the intersection, the driver stopped, and he then got off the bus and walked the blind man through the maze of planks and cones and safety tape to the bench where he could wait for his transfer. Some guy sitting behind me was grumbling about being late for something or other. When the bus driver got back on he said loudly, "I should report you to your supervisor." The bus driver smiled and said, "Go ahead." At that point I said, loudly, "I think I will write to your supervisor, too, and tell him what a great job you did." And, I did. Before I got off the bus I took down his badge number and sent a letter to the head of the Chicago Transit Authority. I got back a very nice letter from some high level official thanking me for complimenting the driver and letting me know that they would forward along my praise. The driver later sent me a Starbucks gift card.


Now THIS is a story I'd like to see in the news. Shoes to a homeless guy is great and all that, but stopping the bus just to give up his shoes? Seems a little strange.

/I sent in a positive comment card before. Customer service supervisor dealing with a very irate and ungrateful (and willfully ignorant) "customer" in a manner that would make me proud to be her boss.
//My words to her: "Big props, that one was a mess"
///She replied "Happens every day around here"
//Even more props then
 
2012-09-20 08:14:18 AM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: We it be so sappy if a dog took his shoes?


Did someone say Weeaboo?
 
2012-09-20 08:14:48 AM
Wow, what a terrible asshole. Cursing a man with

/Stopped wearing shoes with heels, mine are perfectly flat
//Would rather just not wear shoes, but everyone insists I must have shoes to get on the bus or train or go inside shops
///Walked 9 miles at 3am through a city of asphalt and broken cement, shattered glass and rats, with no shoes, I know what I'm talking about
 
2012-09-20 08:20:18 AM
Why does the majority of GOOD news come out of Canada??
 
2012-09-20 08:23:37 AM

Mock26: Not the same, but I was once on one of the city busses here in Chicago and the bus stopped at an intersection where all four corners were under construction. The person who pulled the cord to get off was blind and asked the bus driver where he could catch the cross street bus. The bus driver said it was just across the street to the North, but he then told the guy to sit back down. After the light changed the bus pulled through the intersection, the driver stopped, and he then got off the bus and walked the blind man through the maze of planks and cones and safety tape to the bench where he could wait for his transfer. Some guy sitting behind me was grumbling about being late for something or other. When the bus driver got back on he said loudly, "I should report you to your supervisor." The bus driver smiled and said, "Go ahead." At that point I said, loudly, "I think I will write to your supervisor, too, and tell him what a great job you did." And, I did. Before I got off the bus I took down his badge number and sent a letter to the head of the Chicago Transit Authority. I got back a very nice letter from some high level official thanking me for complimenting the driver and letting me know that they would forward along my praise. The driver later sent me a Starbucks gift card.


Why does the majority of GOOD news come out of Chica...wait.
 
2012-09-20 08:29:58 AM
I believe the Buddhists would call this man a 'Bhodissatva'. Mmmmmmm.... Bhodissatva....
 
2012-09-20 08:33:08 AM

xanadian: Why does the majority of GOOD news come out of Canada??


Because we haven't passed anti-discrimination laws in the rest of the world yet.

I await the day when it's illegal to discriminate based on footwear or lack thereof without technical merit. Machine shop? Protective footwear. Climbing gym? Climbing shoes or other protective footwear. Grocery store? I need shoes to be in a grocery store why?

Driving without shoes is not "illegal per se," but in most places in the US if a cop pulls you over for i.e. a dirty tail light cover and sees you shoeless, he can add a secondary citation (and fine) for dangerous/reckless driving. It's very weak and can be argued away in court, but apparently you're technically supposed to be wearing shoes to drive a car.

The best part?

runningquest.net

You can wear these anywhere you need "shoes", although in a lot of business environments you have to be female to get away with it. A man can't wear shoes like that at the office.

/Couldn't walk after 5 years of Reeboks with strong arch support, incredible pain in the feet
//Never doing that again, feet are now strong from holding up my weight
 
2012-09-20 08:52:09 AM
And the homeless person walked - quicker now, because he has shoes - to the nearest place he could whiskey.
 
2012-09-20 09:12:15 AM
Is it rather dick-ish of me to mention that it's illegal to drive without shoes?
 
2012-09-20 09:25:59 AM
I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no class.
 
2012-09-20 09:28:31 AM
 
2012-09-20 09:43:14 AM

madcan34: Is it rather dick-ish of me to mention that it's illegal to drive without shoes?


Not illegal-per-se, but will get you a secondary citation in most places in the US.

Driving without shoes (or with Vibram KSOs) is really fantastic. Also, walking without shoes is a lot nicer than walking with shoes. I find that flat-sole shoes cut my running speed noticeably, and things like combat boots (my Bellville 770s have a 2 inch heel and 1/2 inch ball) well... about 1/3 my top speed is attainable with the damn things, and the day after I wear them my knees HURT like hell, high heel is really terrible for the legs.

I'm relegated to Vibram FiveFingers because everywhere makes me wear shoes which, while they're nice, is a lot like paying $80 to not wear shoes. Ham?
 
2012-09-20 10:13:51 AM
In my Repub days, I used to give homeless guys the boots. Kinda similar.
 
2012-09-20 10:44:20 AM

Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: Now, a homeless man will have shoes for his feet because of a bus driver's random act of kindness.

Not bad for a Tuesday morning in downtown Winnipeg.

By Tuesday evening, the homeless man had sold the shoes so he could buy some booze.


Not likely, but that's why you cut the tags out of items you give them. They may try sell them rather than use them. But frankly, what if he does sell it? Because I think he needs something, doesn't mean that he doesn't think he needs something more important to him. Besides, after you give a gift, it's no longer yours to control.

I did by beer for a homeless guy once. One of the camps got flooded out. They called us (free phones for the poor, go USA!) and we found him soaking wet shivering on a concrete slab. Bought him a beer and took him and a few others to church to feed them. If someone suffers a devastating loss, who am I to say "Well, that wouldn't be good for you right now."

Generally, they need more clothes because they don't generally have access to laundry facilities. They always could use better shoes.
 
2012-09-20 10:55:18 AM

bluefoxicy

You can wear these anywhere you need "shoes", although in a lot of business environments you have to be female to get away with it. A man can't wear shoes like that at the office.


tell that to Jesus.
 
2012-09-20 10:55:33 AM

madcan34: Is it rather dick-ish of me to mention that it's illegal to drive without shoes?


No but it's wrong.

American States

Alabama:

Barefoot Driving: Operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with bare feet is permitted. Exception: motorcycle rider.


Ohio:

Barefoot Driving: Operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with bare feet is permitted but not recommended.

California:

Barefoot Driving: Operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with bare feet is not prohibited.


Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware,Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming:
Barefoot Driving: Operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with bare feet is permitted.

District of Columbia


Barefoot Driving: Operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with bare feet is permitted.


American Territories


American Samoa, Peurto Rico, Virgin Islands: Barefoot Driving: Operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with bare feet is permitted.

Guam:

Driving Barefoot: No information.

Canada

Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, New Foundland, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon Territory: Barefoot Driving: Operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with bare feet is permitted.
 
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