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(Sun Sentinel)   Bus driver responsible for nine accidents and who has received nineteen reprimands and 31 days still has a job because the county felt such repeat actions didn't warrant termination   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 38
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2013-01-28 12:00:38 AM
Broward county. Looks like they drive about as well as they vote.


telling county officials that his loss of an arm and leg in a county bus accident in 1996 had heightened his sensitivity to sound

What do you call a man with one arm and one leg driving a bus?
 
2013-01-28 12:48:44 AM
Bus driver responsible for nine accidents and who has received nineteen reprimands and 31 days still has a job because the county felt such repeat actions didn't warrant termination

Can I get a translation?
 
2013-01-28 01:00:11 AM

fusillade762: Broward county. Looks like they drive about as well as they vote.


telling county officials that his loss of an arm and leg in a county bus accident in 1996 had heightened his sensitivity to sound

What do you call a man with one arm and one leg driving a bus?


Lefty?
 
2013-01-28 05:05:15 AM
They could call it 'The Bus Driver Who Couldn't Slow Down'.
 
2013-01-28 05:07:58 AM
t1.gstatic.com

To the moon!
 
2013-01-28 05:11:45 AM
What's his Fark handle?
 
2013-01-28 05:18:03 AM
Look, bus drivers are like mutual funds. Just because one is doing well or doing poorly is no indication of their future performance. Who knows when one will be going up, down, or into a lake.
 
2013-01-28 05:22:06 AM

fusillade762: What do you call a man with one arm and one leg driving a bus?


Larry?
 
2013-01-28 05:30:31 AM
Man, I never thought I'd be so grateful for our RT cops on the light rail trains or the occasional totally awesome bus driver who will toss crazy people off the bus if they're annoying others. I've yet to see a Sac Co transit operator be a jerk to anyone just for the sake of being a jerk.

I did see a light rail operator hit a homeless dude near Loaves and Fishes once, but they  take the trains real slow through there. Dude was pretty much OK, but the train operator was mad as fark. Apparently  that dude who got hit has a habit of intentionally going all Tiananmen Square against the trains and all the operators on that route know it. Scared the hell out of the rest of us, though.
 
2013-01-28 05:38:20 AM
Accidents over how many years? Little paint scratchers or cutting Hyundais in half? These are variables. While I try to support the handicapped I think putting someone with prosthetics in charge of a huge vehicle filled with people is epic stupid. Think their states Governor or Senators limousines are piloted by handicapped people?
 
2013-01-28 05:45:55 AM
CSB:

When I was in grade 9 (Hillsborough county, FL) my bus driver had a massive stroke AND heart attack on the way to school. But he kept driving. It was actually a lot like "Speed", but not that entertaining. Half of the kids bailed out of the back of the bus when he slowed down to take a turn. The other half managed to wrestle him to the ground and stop the bus before we went into the ocean.

Anyway, the guy was like 98 years old and still allowed to drive a school bus. And I was almost in the newspaper as part of a tragic accident.
 
2013-01-28 05:51:18 AM
Which raises the question, just how bad does your driving have to be to get fired in this county?
 
2013-01-28 05:56:39 AM
So, if he had more discipline that went way past what his contract would consider acceptable and was still allowed to drive, his bosses obviously didn't have any balls.

We have people like that, constant farkups but they let them get by with it for 30 years and then after that, they can't do anything to them because it would look like they are being singled out.

And no, we are not union.
 
2013-01-28 06:16:42 AM
FTFA: His case is illustrative of some of Broward's transit drivers, given more forgiveness for causing accidents and mistreating the public than even their union contract calls for.

In before the Derp Brigade and their spewing about ebil Union Thugs.
 
2013-01-28 06:29:04 AM

Lee Jackson Beauregard: In before the Derp Brigade and their spewing about ebil Union Thugs.


While the article says it several times...

FTA: "• He reached the threshold for firing..."

...the county officials quoted as defending him (more likely, themselves) keep citing that they "follow union contract rules" also.

Not really sure what to make of this- in terms of why people keep citing irrelevant assurances of contract-compliance- but it seems pretty clear to me that this guy's had chances which extend far above and beyond his contract and were completely in the municipality's control to effect termination over them.

It seems eminently clear to me at least that union contracts had nothing to do with his lack for a termination. The county chose not to fire him when they were well within their rights to do so on several occasions.

Still, this should be interesting.
 
2013-01-28 06:29:33 AM

gregscott: Which raises the question, just how bad does your driving have to be to get fired in this county?


24.media.tumblr.com

Don't make me tap the sign.
 
2013-01-28 06:38:00 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: They could call it 'The Bus Driver Who Couldn't Slow Down'.


You might be thinking of a Jethro Tull song.
 
2013-01-28 07:02:36 AM

SkunkWerks: Lee Jackson Beauregard: In before the Derp Brigade and their spewing about ebil Union Thugs.

While the article says it several times...

FTA: "• He reached the threshold for firing..."

...the county officials quoted as defending him (more likely, themselves) keep citing that they "follow union contract rules" also.

Not really sure what to make of this- in terms of why people keep citing irrelevant assurances of contract-compliance- but it seems pretty clear to me that this guy's had chances which extend far above and beyond his contract and were completely in the municipality's control to effect termination over them.

It seems eminently clear to me at least that union contracts had nothing to do with his lack for a termination. The county chose not to fire him when they were well within their rights to do so on several occasions.

Still, this should be interesting.


While you are busy defending unions against ghosts attacking them...

This story essentially demonstrates that civil service employment rules are strong enough without unions, thus no need for unions in government jobs... just like FDR said.
 
2013-01-28 07:03:43 AM
Dear Florida,

I am sorry.

Cold weather helps kill off the crazy. Maybe you could hit the reset button and rent a blizzard machine for a few months.
 
2013-01-28 07:31:32 AM

MyRandomName: While you are busy defending unions against ghosts attacking them...


While you are busy defending ghosts defending unions from ghosts attacking them?

MyRandomName: This story essentially demonstrates that civil service employment rules are strong enough without unions


A single case essentially demonstrates, eh?

Well, I was waiting for some kind of derp.
 
2013-01-28 07:34:03 AM

SkunkWerks: Lee Jackson Beauregard: In before the Derp Brigade and their spewing about ebil Union Thugs.

While the article says it several times...

FTA: "• He reached the threshold for firing..."

...the county officials quoted as defending him (more likely, themselves) keep citing that they "follow union contract rules" also.

Not really sure what to make of this- in terms of why people keep citing irrelevant assurances of contract-compliance- but it seems pretty clear to me that this guy's had chances which extend far above and beyond his contract and were completely in the municipality's control to effect termination over them.

It seems eminently clear to me at least that union contracts had nothing to do with his lack for a termination. The county chose not to fire him when they were well within their rights to do so on several occasions.

Still, this should be interesting.


Right. It couldn't be that the Transit Union has handed them their ass several times prior to this, making the county reluctant to waste time and money on another case that even if they were to win initially, would be overturned by an arbitration board later. Nope, couldn't that.
 
2013-01-28 07:40:26 AM

Zeb Hesselgresser: It couldn't be that the Transit Union has handed them their ass several times prior to this


I don't know. Could it? The article certainly doesn't confirm this hypothesis. I'd be willing to entertain the theory though, were there evidence of this and not just "maybe this is what happened, it's likelier than you think!"

Hell, I'd almost be willing to entertain the hypothesis that the municipality was intimidated by the fact that firing the guy might lead to a case of discrimination where the ADA might apply. I've seen that many times before.

Zeb Hesselgresser: Nope, couldn't that.


Couldn't that, shouldn't that, wouldn't that... we'd all be... something.
 
2013-01-28 07:48:37 AM

KrispyKritter: Accidents over how many years? Little paint scratchers or cutting Hyundais in half? These are variables. While I try to support the handicapped I think putting someone with prosthetics in charge of a huge vehicle filled with people is epic stupid. Think their states Governor or Senators limousines are piloted by handicapped people?


This guy is clearly a dick, and should be disciplined for his outrageous treatment of passengers if the stories are even half true.

You bring up a good point as far as the severity of the accidents. Running a fleet with 650 drivers driving large vehicles for entire shifts invariably leads to accidents. It's a cost of doing business. The difference is whether the guy is T-boning cars by blowing red lights at 45 mph versus trading paint because he can't make the swing on a right turn.

As far as the handicapped issue: since the guy had a waiver allowing him to drive that class of vehicle, the county would be setting themselves up for legal trouble if they dismissed him. Based on the information we have, I would imagine that the concern over a discrimination lawsuit is why the driver kept his job after so many offenses.
 
2013-01-28 07:55:40 AM
What do you want them to do? He was their safest driver!!
 
2013-01-28 08:00:53 AM
all right?
 
2013-01-28 08:31:46 AM
Otto?
 
2013-01-28 08:34:23 AM

Ronin_S: Otto?


www.screeninsults.com
 
2013-01-28 09:09:28 AM
They need to transfer him out of the driver's seat and into a job that better fits his personality, like customer service.
 
2013-01-28 09:28:15 AM
Big deal.

If you're a cop you can admit to rape and keep your job (as long as you retract your confession later)

You can be filmed threatening to shoot a man w/o cause (and have a history of complaints)

You can drive 100+ mph in your car and have all charges erased.

You can run over an 8 yr old boy because you chose not to turn on your lights and siren and keep your job (and life).

Hell you can even draw your gun on kids having a snow-ball fight and have assistant chief peter newsham come out and lie on camera for you
i49.tinypic.com
 
2013-01-28 09:34:28 AM

OnlyM3: Big deal.

If you're a cop you can admit to rape and keep your job (as long as you retract your confession later)

You can be filmed threatening to shoot a man w/o cause (and have a history of complaints)

You can drive 100+ mph in your car and have all charges erased.

You can run over an 8 yr old boy because you chose not to turn on your lights and siren and keep your job (and life).

Hell you can even draw your gun on kids having a snow-ball fight and have assistant chief peter newsham come out and lie on camera for you
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yeah. thanks that for that. now back to your regularly scheduled thread which has nothing to do with your diatribe .
 
2013-01-28 10:13:32 AM
ahh yes and they keep voting democrat.... Liberal Mayor Lamar Fisher is just knocking it out of the park
 
2013-01-28 10:20:33 AM
Once there was a bus conductor, who was very rude to his passengers.One day a beautiful young girl, of around 18 years,tried to board the bus, but he didn't stop the bus.

Unfortunately the beautiful young girl came under the bus and died on the spot. Angry passengers took the conductor to the police station, who in turn took him to the court.

The judge was not at all impressed with him and gave him capital punishment.

He was taken to the electrocution chamber. There was a single chair in the center of the room and a single banana peel at one corner of the room. The
conductor was strapped to the chair and high voltage current was given to him. But to everyone's amazement, he survived. The judge decided to set him free, and he returned to his profession.

After a few months, this time, a good looking middle aged woman tried to board the bus but the conductor didn't stop the bus. Unfortunately, this time also, the good looking middle aged woman came under the bus and died on the spot.

Again angry passengers took him to the police station, who in turn took him to the court. The judge took one look at the conductor and gave him
capital punishment. The Bus conductor was taken to the same electrocution chamber where there was a single chair in the center of the room and a single banana peel at one corner of the room. He was strapped to the chair and high voltage current was given to him. This time also to everyone's amazement, he survived. The judge decided to set him free, and he returned to his profession.

A couple of months later, an elderly gentleman tried to board the bus. This time the Bus conductor, remembering his earlier experiences,
stopped the bus. Unfortunately the elderly gentleman slipped and died due to his injuries.

The conductor was taken to the police station and then to the court, to the same judge. Though he hadn't done anything wrong, but considering his past record the judge decided to set an example and gave him capital punishment. The Bus conductor was again taken to the same electrocution chamber where there was a single chair in the center
of the room and a single banana peel at one corner of the room.

He was strapped to the chair and high voltage current was given to him. This time he died instantly !


The question is why didn't he die on the first two occasions, but died instantly the third time??
 
2013-01-28 10:24:00 AM

kvinesknows: Once there was a bus conductor, who was very rude to his passengers.One day a beautiful young girl, of around 18 years,tried to board the bus, but he didn't stop the bus.

Unfortunately the beautiful young girl came under the bus and died on the spot. Angry passengers took the conductor to the police station, who in turn took him to the court.

The judge was not at all impressed with him and gave him capital punishment.

He was taken to the electrocution chamber. There was a single chair in the center of the room and a single banana peel at one corner of the room. The
conductor was strapped to the chair and high voltage current was given to him. But to everyone's amazement, he survived. The judge decided to set him free, and he returned to his profession.

After a few months, this time, a good looking middle aged woman tried to board the bus but the conductor didn't stop the bus. Unfortunately, this time also, the good looking middle aged woman came under the bus and died on the spot.

Again angry passengers took him to the police station, who in turn took him to the court. The judge took one look at the conductor and gave him
capital punishment. The Bus conductor was taken to the same electrocution chamber where there was a single chair in the center of the room and a single banana peel at one corner of the room. He was strapped to the chair and high voltage current was given to him. This time also to everyone's amazement, he survived. The judge decided to set him free, and he returned to his profession.

A couple of months later, an elderly gentleman tried to board the bus. This time the Bus conductor, remembering his earlier experiences,
stopped the bus. Unfortunately the elderly gentleman slipped and died due to his injuries.

The conductor was taken to the police station and then to the court, to the same judge. Though he hadn't done anything wrong, but considering his past record the judge decided to set an example and gave him capital punishment. The Bus cond ...


he was a really poor conductor
 
2013-01-28 10:38:01 AM
Bus driver has a powerful relative somewhere.
 
2013-01-28 10:39:32 AM
Unions make it impossible for you to fire incompetent parasites like this guy. Unions serve no other function than coercion, parasitism, thuggery and corruption.
 
2013-01-28 11:00:11 AM

kvinesknows: Once there was a bus conductor, who was very rude to his passengers.One day a beautiful young girl, of around 18 years,tried to board the bus, but he didn't stop the bus.

Unfortunately the beautiful young girl came under the bus and died on the spot. Angry passengers took the conductor to the police station, who in turn took him to the court.

The judge was not at all impressed with him and gave him capital punishment.

He was taken to the electrocution chamber. There was a single chair in the center of the room and a single banana peel at one corner of the room. The
conductor was strapped to the chair and high voltage current was given to him. But to everyone's amazement, he survived. The judge decided to set him free, and he returned to his profession.

After a few months, this time, a good looking middle aged woman tried to board the bus but the conductor didn't stop the bus. Unfortunately, this time also, the good looking middle aged woman came under the bus and died on the spot.

Again angry passengers took him to the police station, who in turn took him to the court. The judge took one look at the conductor and gave him
capital punishment. The Bus conductor was taken to the same electrocution chamber where there was a single chair in the center of the room and a single banana peel at one corner of the room. He was strapped to the chair and high voltage current was given to him. This time also to everyone's amazement, he survived. The judge decided to set him free, and he returned to his profession.

A couple of months later, an elderly gentleman tried to board the bus. This time the Bus conductor, remembering his earlier experiences,
stopped the bus. Unfortunately the elderly gentleman slipped and died due to his injuries.

The conductor was taken to the police station and then to the court, to the same judge. Though he hadn't done anything wrong, but considering his past record the judge decided to set an example and gave him capital punishment. The Bus cond ...


The answer: Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive".

Your welcome.
 
2013-01-28 11:00:13 AM
sounds like Austin bus "drivers".....if you call what they do driving then I race in formula one.
 
2013-01-28 12:26:57 PM
It sounds like the transit authority was worried about the part where they fired a cripple, whose loss of limbs occurred on the job. If the guy was an unpleasant DB, odds are he had made it clear he'd lawyer up. That said, why not just turf him to a desk job or the like?
 
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