Katherine - posted on 08/02/2011 ( 176 moms have responded )
Riddle me this: for whom would you be more inclined to give up a seat on the bus? A stroller-less mom trying to juggle two children or a senior citizen?
A police incident out of Halifax describes how officers were called to settle a fight between six mothers and a bus driver who refused to drive after the moms wouldn’t collapse their strollers. They chose instead to stand with the strollers folding up the seats at the front of the bus reserved for seniors.
The moms ranged in age from 17 to 25 and had a total of four babies and several toddlers. 24-year-old Mandy Fitzgerald told the Halifax Chronicle-Herald newspaper the bus driver didn’t take kindly to the moms’ me-first attitude, telling the women, ”You can’t do what you want on my bus, this is my office.”
And get this… Four police cruisers AND transit officials surrounded the bus and created a big traffic mess for more than an hour while they dealt with the “standoff”.
As The Vancouver Sun reports, this isn’t the first time moms with strollers have gotten into trouble. Last January a couple was told they couldn’t get on a downtown bus when they refused to fold up their twin stroller. There was a 2009 ban on non-foldable strollers on Ottawa buses that sparked a protest by stroller moms (they won) and most recently there’s been talk of banning strollers altogether on buses and trains in Boston.
A quick search on the internet shows plenty of anger surrounding the strollers on buses debate. There’s even a Facebook page called I hate strollers on buses. Some of the comments:
Click the link for the comments, it's too long.
My take? It was ridiculous. The women should have collapsed their strollers to let the seniors in.
They could have held the child, it's not like it was a greyhound bus.
I think it was entirely selfish and rude. The seniors deserve to be able to sit down.