Mom and toddler kicked off bus for "happy noises"

Lady Heather - posted on 03/29/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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People can get pretty irritable around a noisy baby. But when it’s your own child who can’t be silenced, what’s a parent to do?

An Australian woman and her 13-month-old baby were kicked off a public bus because the child was too loud, The Australian news website reports.

Toni Hay told the media she and her daughter, Heather, were riding the bus home, and the child was making “happy squealing noises” because she was excited. The bus driver, a woman, told her to get her daughter to be quiet or she’d have to leave the bus.

Ms. Hay said she was embarrassed and frazzled, and apologized to the other passengers. She also tried to shush the toddler by playing with her and offering her a cookie and a drink.

“She’s 13 months, what can I do?” Ms. Hay said.

The bus driver was reportedly not appeased by the mother’s efforts and after repeated threats, kicked them off the bus just ahead of their stop."

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-...

Just try it with me lady and you'll get kicked in the teeth. As if it's not unpleasant enough to have to take public transit with your little one...

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Johnny - posted on 03/29/2011

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My daughter loves taking the bus and the train too. We've never had a problem, but there was a similar incident in the last year or so here, I don't remember the details.

I wish people who hate kids could opt for a situation where they don't have to pay any taxes that go towards children like schools and daycares and such. They would be allotted child-free zones. Then, when they get old, retire, need care, etc. they would be entirely responsible for themselves. No nurses. No doctors. No pensions. No social security. No nursing homes. No Meals on Wheels....

Ez - posted on 03/29/2011

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People seriously have lost all sense of patience and realistic expectations of children. I work as a medical secretary, and so many people grumble about a loud child in the waiting room (including some staff members). It drives me nuts! They are children, they are bored, and if they are at the doctors, they are likely not feeling great either. We place far too much pressure on babies and children to act like little adults when they simply can't. Age appropriate behaviour is what we should be aiming for, not the 'sit still and speak only when spoken to' BS.

Jayce - posted on 03/29/2011

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I take public transit a lot and thankfully have never run into this kind of situation. If it had of been me, I wouldn't have gotten off the bus. The driver would have had to physically remove me and then there would have been hell to pay.

Kids on a bus don't annoy me. Yahoos who think everyone wants to hear their crappy choice of music (even when wearing earphones) annoy me.

Kate CP - posted on 03/29/2011

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I wonder what crawled up the bus driver's twat and died. What a bitchy thing to do. Happy baby noises usually make other people happy.

Sneaky - posted on 03/29/2011

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I can understand kicking off an unruly loud teenager - but a baby? WTF?



What if it had been a special needs teenager or adult (with a carer) who made loud noises that they could not control - would they have been kicked off the bus?



I do understand how distracting it is to drive with a squealing child, but seriously? It's your freaking job - suck it up and do it lady!

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Bonnie - posted on 03/30/2011

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That's ridiculous. It's okay for people to have loud conversations and swear, but it's not okay for a baby to be loud and happy. You can't tell a baby to be quiet or sit still.

Becky - posted on 03/29/2011

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Absolutely ridiculous! She should have refused to get off the bus! I don't even understand how someone considers a 1 year old squealing happily to be misbehaving! I mean, yeah, maybe if they're in a movie theater or at church, but buses are not the quietest of places! The happily squealing child is far less annoying than the lady having the high-pitched cell phone conversation complaining about what an ass her boyfriend is and swearing every second word!

Stifler's - posted on 03/29/2011

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Haha Johnny so true. Today I was reading someone's Facebook whingeing about no parking at the hospital and someone actually was going on about how the staff are taking up all the parks and how they were justified in abusing nurses for parking in the staff park! Oh dear! Who cares if the staff need a park! The visitors and pregnant mums need to park close to the hospital with ease not the staff, because being pregnant is a disability and all.

Alexis - posted on 03/29/2011

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My little guy loves taking the bus! I dont know why but he gets excited too! Why in the world would somebody be upset or bugged by a child being happy? Now if she was screaming and crying non-stop I could understand why people wouldnt like it, but at 13months its got to be expected.

Lady Heather - posted on 03/29/2011

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Frankly I am most concerned about the weird guy across the aisle who carries on conversations with an invisible person. I'm not sure who his friend is, but I don't trust him. I looked really hard for some sort of phone device on his ear. There was none.

People can make as much noise as they want so long as buddy's friend doesn't tell him to stab me or something. Invisible people are tricky like that.

Ez - posted on 03/29/2011

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Not to mention the fact that the only way a child is going to learn what is acceptable behaviour for social situations is by BEING in social situations. Jack asses.

Krista - posted on 03/29/2011

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I get a kick out of some of the comments, saying, "Don't take your child out if he can't behave in public."

Um yeah, I'm sure that the baby will be fine not seeing a doctor for the first 3 to 5 years of his life. And groceries? Who needs 'em!!!

Lady Heather - posted on 03/29/2011

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I think I would have pinched my kid and made her cry and asked if she preferred that sound to the squealing.

Johnny - posted on 03/29/2011

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She'd have to call the cops to get me off that bus. What a nut! As long as the mother is trying to keep things under control, that's the best you can expect. Sometimes you just can't shut up a baby. What did she want her to do? Smother it? I hope she is disciplined.

Stifler's - posted on 03/29/2011

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That's heaps rude. I don't want my kid to shut up if he's making happy noises. What's so annoying about happy noises exactly??? The kid wasn't roaming the bus hitting people and screaming bloody murder.

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Seriously?! That's ridiculous! I get that kids and their noises can get annoying (trust me... I'm outnumbered 3 to 1 here, remember?), but she's a BABY.... and.... she was at least HAPPY! I suppose pretty soon infants and toddlers will have to have their mouths duct taped shut in order to be accepted in public.....

America3437 - posted on 03/29/2011

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I feel that babies make noise and she lucky the baby was laughing and not screaming the entire time! She would have had to physically remove me from the bus!

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