January 11, 2019

This Milwaukee bus driver did what every decent person does...

40 comments:

CJinPA said...

The child went missing after officials believe her mother had a mental health crisis, the transit system statement said.

I hope mother and child get help. More ordeals may await this little one.

Expat(ish) said...

You'd have to. And you'd want to.

But if you were smart, you'd take a witness and be filmed doing it so nobody could accuse you of molestation, abduction, mopery, or dopery.

Does anyone else remember the Oprah episode with the crying kids?

_XC

Birches said...

I worry my two kids will run out of the house when I'm taking a shower.

Dickin'Bimbos@Home said...

Restores faith in humanity.

(until you ponder why the father would allow that to happen)

CJinPA said...

You will be happy to note that, because of the heart-warming nature of this episode, it took 7 replies to this Twitter post, instead of the usual 2, for someone to use it to slam Trump.

Our country's gonna be A-OK!

n.n said...

this little one

A sweet sentiment. The child must be protected, from a woman's wicked state of mind, during her mother's mental health crisis.

the crying kids

There is a calculated risk that offering aid will be misinterpreted.

CJinPA said...

Restores faith in humanity.(until you ponder why the father would allow that to happen)

Doesn't live with the child, probably. Just listed as the emergency contact. Which in some communities makes him a finalist for Father of the Year.

Or, something we don't know given the limited information.

n.n said...

it took 7 replies... instead of the usual 2, for someone to use it to slam Trump

Progress, perchance? Perhaps positive.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

A Milwaukee bus driver, a union member, who would’ve thought you could find such decent union members!

Dickin'Bimbos@Home said...

All Inga has to say is "union". Gross.

Her union membership, if that is indeed true, only removes money from her paycheck. Like another tax. But so what? As long as that money goes to support the union bosses and the democratics!

chickenlittle said...

“You will be happy to note that, because of the heart-warming nature of this episode, it took 7 replies to this Twitter post, instead of the usual 2, for someone to use it to slam Trump.”

That was our Chuck and he was slow on the draw.

EDH said...

That little girl seemed to have an independent streak that will likely come in handy given the circumstances of her upbringing.

YoungHegelian said...

The photo of the child asleep on the driver's lap, covered by the borrowed coat of one of the passenger's is a heartwarming sight.

Children that small can go hypothermic in a very short period of time in weather that cold. It was a blessing for everyone that the driver acted as quickly as she did.

Openidname said...

So what if it's what every decent person does? It still deserves praise.

Dickin'Bimbos@Home said...

What bothers me about stuff like this is that usually, most people do nothing.

Anyone who witnessed this barefoot child on the streets (in the dead of winter!) should have stopped and snapped out of whatever they were doing, and grabbed the child into their arms.

Unknown said...

now class

How many torts is the bus driver open to?

RK said...

I don't recall seeing barefoot children running down winter streets in Wisconsin when Scott Walker was governor. Tony Evers is like Hitler.

Ken B said...

So now the driver's social media history will be trolled, and some thoughtcrime she must atone for found. God help her if she tweeted support for Trump.

Char Char Binks said...

ANY decent person WOULD do that, or something like it. Not EVERY decent person DOES that, or has occasion to.

Ann Althouse said...

I just dislike "went above the call of duty." The driver did the right thing, but to do less would be below the call of duty. Standard human decency is a baseline.

This is something I've written about before. I remember a few years back when a man was walking along a pier and his own child fell in. He jumped in to save her and got called "a hero."

Ann Althouse said...

"Not EVERY decent person DOES that, or has occasion to."

Not everyone gets the occasion, but when the occasion comes, every decent person does that.

Char Char Binks said...

I found a kid about that age lost in a busy supermarket. I stayed with her for a short time, probably about a minute, but I didn't pick her up. I flagged down the nearest female employee for that job. The kid's mom showed up a few minutes later.

Cassandra said...

Yes, the bus driver is a hero. And that is the sad news. Her actions should not be news; they should be what we expect from all decent persons but seldom receive.

JPS said...

Winston Churchill once said to David Niven,

“Young man, you did a fine thing to give up your film career to fight for your country. Mark you, had you not done so it would have been despicable.”

It’s a little like that for good deeds like this, I think. Yeah, maybe it was only the decent thing to do. Maybe it would have been awful of her to ignore it. But good for her anyway!

Jim at said...

A Milwaukee bus driver, a union member, who would’ve thought you could find such decent union members!

What a pathetic life it must be to turn everything into a fucking political statement.

Meade said...

Some people would hesitate. "What if the child is being used by a bad person as a lure to then attack me?"

I know — what sort of "decent person" thinks that way?

iowan2 said...

Despite what others have said about me, I have done things like this. I must be a decent people. Couple months back we spotted an older gentleman that had appeared to have fallen off his bicycle. I stopped and backed up. He didn't move when I approached, and when I touched him, he opened his eyes. Skip to the end, took him home, loaded his bike, and sat with him an hour and waited for his wife to come home. Explained all to her, then let them make their own decisions about further care. Missed an appointment, but people are more important than meetings.

I have seen people I know to be dicks act appropriately when called on. So even people that aren't decent, have it in them.

Meade said...

"I found a kid about that age lost in a busy supermarket. I stayed with her for a short time, probably about a minute, but I didn't pick her up. I flagged down the nearest female employee for that job. The kid's mom showed up a few minutes later."

A few days before Christmas, on the bike path, I had to call 911 and begin CPR for a 52 y.o. white male — yes, Inga, probably a union member — who was clutching his chest and trying to ask for help. A heart attack, I presumed. I helped him sit down on the ground as he passed out and I tried to keep his head from hitting the pavement. I called 911. He vomited, I cleared his mouth so he could breath, he came to, sat up, passed out again, vomited again, I cleared his mouth again, and followed the 911 operator’s instructions, preparing to begin chest compressions. 20 minutes later EMS arrived and took over.

I like to think I’m the kind of decent person who would take the exact same actions to help anyone — a child, someone nonwhite, or female — who experience the exact same distress as that guy did. I’m pretty sure I would.

But I’m also pretty sure at some point, I would consider how it might look, to anyone coming upon us, to suddenly see a white male positioned over someone smaller — supine and stock-still — a child, female, and/or person of color. Some people might mistakenly presume that I was assaulting the victim.

Leland said...

Some people... Would it help you to understand the temperature that day was freezing? The child is barefoot and barelegged. Toddlers don't just decide to go on morning jogs, and if they are being used as a lure; I want to meet that bad person and kick their ass.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

Yo Meade-
Along the lines of "In a Time of Universal Deceit — Telling the Truth Is a Revolutionary Act"
in an era of increasing indifference, thou art a hero, as well as "any decent person"

Yancey Ward said...

I guess I would like to know how far the girl traveled. Did no one see her before the bus driver?

Meade said...

Thanks, Ingachuck'stoothlessARM. But I'm not a hero. I'm a hero because I was captured. I like people that weren't captured.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

Heroism is in the eye of the Rescued, presumably

President Pee-Pee Tape said...

Sure, a normal (decent) person would do that. But not a Republican.

A Republican would first ask the kid if it could pay for the service.

Only the pre-born should be protected or have rights, you see.

And aren't buses a government service, anyway? Who said they should be allowed to exist in the first place.

Where in the Constitution did the founders say you could have buses?

This episode is just a mess in every single way. Very ideologically/politically troubling.

Todd Galle said...

While not so worrying as Meade's encounter, I did come upon a youngster around 4 or so, crying in the parking lot of a supermarket. He apparently exited and his adults / parents didn't. I calmly walked him into the store to the Service Desk, carefully just guiding him by the back of his coat rather than taking his hand. I stayed until they arrived to go to the PA to find him. Thankfully, they were happy, not angry he had wandered off. You can never tell, though, what reaction will appear anymore.

Char Char Binks said...

The bus driver didn't do her duty. Her duty was to drive the bus. She abandoned her duty to save that child, and she deserves credit for that.

I know a man who saved someone from a house fire. He was a POS (the saver; I didn't know the saved). He was a deadbeat who was abusive to his wife and child, and was often nasty to people in general, but he did what any decent person would have done, and what at least one not-so-decent person did.

Dickin'Bimbos@Home said...

Last winter an elderly woman was out where nobody should ever be on highway 36, just at the point where it curves and turns into 28th. Not a good spot for pedestrians at all. There are no sidewalks on the elevated section. I don't even really know how she got up there. It was weird seeing her but she looked confused and she was waving her arms. I pulled over and opened the passenger window so I could talk to her. She wandered over out of the way of traffic (thankfully) and I could see it was a disheveled older woman, perhaps 80? she was trying to find a bus. That spot on the highway is nowhere near a bus. I asked if she wanted a ride and she said Yes! So I gave her a ride to where she needed to go., Supercuts for a haircut. (wow was she turned around) I asked her if she wanted a ride home when she was finished but she said no. I asked her to tell the staff at supercuts to help her in anyway. She didn't have a phone. I had to leave her for an appointment but at least I got her off the highway,.

Michael said...

My wife, a right winger, saw a black woman and her child crossing the street near the train station and saw their suitcase flop open and the contents spill on the cold sidewalk. We put them up for the night with us and we gave them a ride back to the station the next day and left them with a couple of hundred dollars which I believe they sorely needed. The world is a cruel place. Our liberal neighbors were alarmed to see them emerge from our house. Love the blacks. From a distance.

Rusty said...

If there is a just and loving ruleer of the universe then this is what we will be judged for. If theere is a just and loving ruler of the universe I gotta do more a this shit.

ndspinelli said...

Dave Chappelle does a bit on this baby on the street scenario.