Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. A New York court ruled that a bus driver who failed a random drug test can keep her job. Did I mention that this bus driver is a school bus driver? The firing was determined to be “too severe for a 10 year employee”. There are so many words tumbling around in my head right nowStudents are kicked off sports teams, people go to jail for possession but someone who is driving around the streets in a big ol’ bus full of students cannot be fired for failing a drug test? The school district had argued that it had adopted a zero~tolerance policy for positive drug tests and this woman failed, therefore, her job was terminated. The arbitrator ordered the bus driver be reinstated, minus six months back pay, and that she undergo drug testing and substance~abuse counseling. This just goes to show how completely backward we have become; it’s better to save the job of a drug abuser than to save the lives of students.

2. A mother in New Zealand died at the age of 30 from cardiac arrest do to her drinking at least 10 liters of Coca~Cola per day. sigh Apparently, this woman was so addicted to the soda that she had to have her teeth removed because all of the sugar caused her teeth to decay. And at least one of her eight children was born without enamel on his teeth. And this was not a sign to this woman that she needed to rethink her lifestyle choices? I don’t blame the soda company at all. I blame the woman. This is a matter of personal choice and she chose to make decisions that eventually led to her death and now there are 8 kids who will grow up without a mother. I hope that soda was worth it. Like Barry White said in his song Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, “too much of anything is not good for you.”

3. The country who built its culture on all things crazy bagel foreheads, anyone? is demanding that a replica of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, be given underpants. Apparently, the 16~foot replica is offensive and not good for the children. But putting saline filled plastic in the forehead is OK? Really, people? Oh, I’m acting like y’all know what I’m talking about… The latest fad in Japan is for people to fill circular pods with saline, insert them in their foreheads, and press in the center so it looks like a bagel. Kid. You. Not.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/stacy.artis Stacy Andrews Artis

    As a school bus driver I’m horrified that the woman is still on the road, but I know that it can and does happen. When my daughter was young she had a bus driver that was abusing prescription pain killers. When I became a driver I learned that the company was well aware of the problem and she was only removed after she was stopped by the police. Another driver alerted them…and shortly there after the company found a reason to let that driver go. Nice. I work for a different company and school district now and I have reported a couple of my fellow drivers for dangerous behavior. The company has acted on it, but my name is not “out there” for the public or other drivers to know about. It would be a tough work environment if they knew because there is an unstated code of protecting our own. Me? I’d rather protect the kids.

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      I applaud you for doing the right thing. I wish more people took responsibility for the children entrusted to their care. Really, this world would be so much better. It breaks my heart that jobs have higher priority than lives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ellen.s.seaman Ellen Stewart Seaman

    I don’t know how you find this stuff.

    Scratchin’ my head? The Jesse Jackson, Jr. debacle. The things he and his wife used that $750,000 for…Michael Jackson’s fedora for $4000 is one. I’m more and more proud of being from Illinois.

    No bagel foreheads though…

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      Believe it or not, CNN, Fox and a few other news outlets. This world is just so crazy that I think we barely notice it now…

      And, yes, that Jesse Jackson, Jr. thing is straight WHAT?!?!?! There’s so much wrong with that story that it’s hard to even find a beginning… Hope his father is proud.

  • http://lisabrowndesign.blogspot.com/ LisaBrownDesign

    WHAT?! I’m speechless about that bus driver. That’s beyond messed up. :( Oh, and bagel foreheads? You know I had to google that… crazy stuff!

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      There’s just too much crazy. Just too much.

  • http://yummommy.blogspot.com/ YUMMommy

    I can believe that the busy driver got her license back. That’s nuts. But we had a teacher at my high school to get in some trouble regarding drugs and he still got to keep his job. SMH.

    Too much of anything never good for you. She should have definitely been watching her soda intake and seeking some help.

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      I can’t believe they allow this to go on… Kids get tested and kicked off sports teams for doing drugs but a bus driver can keep her job? This is just proof that this world is going crazy.

  • http://twitter.com/Prof_Cardona Mylynka K. Cardona

    I think I pulled muscles holding my eyes in place from my severe EYEROLLING!

    Also, The driver should have lost her job. That cola woman was 30 and had EIGHT children??? And putting clothing on classical statuary is absurd. If I wasn’t so jet-lagged I’d make better arguments.

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ DaenelT

      Isn’t that nothing but a hot mess of crazy wrapped up in ridiculousness?? Seriously, they’d rather risk the lives of students and the public at large than to have this woman lose her job?

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