Did this Lakewood Bus Driver Take it Too Far?

Some parents in Lakewood are demanding answers after their children were not allowed onto their school bus this afternoon – for an apparent ridiculous reason.

The children began walking onto the bus holding their lemon with Besamim in it (pictured) – something people use to smell in Shul during Yom Kippur – when the bus driver allegedly told the kids they could not bring that into the bus because it was food. The children who had it in their backpacks got on undetected.

”It’s absolutely absurd,” one mother said. “This is clearly a school project, and not to allow a child take this onto a bus with him is utterly ridiculous.”

The children were left at school to fend for themselves, calling their parents to pick them up.

“I now need to drop everything at home to go pick him up from school and sit on the road for an hour because of this bus driver,” the parent said.

TLS reached out the LSTA’s Rabbi Avraham Krawiac who says he was unaware of the incident.

“We are looking into this and will take the appropriate action,” Rabbi Krawiac said.

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  1. great question-why in the world didnt the school load the busses and explain to the driver that this isnt food!! Unreal!! to get the parents out onto the streets in this wet slippery road conditions made no sense. im baffled!!

  2. What kind of Kid is going to take a Bite out of a Lemon anyway 🤔?
    Also someone could have explained it to the driver(s)
    But just so you know…. a LOT of drivers won’t let Bottled water on either if they see it in yhe kids hands.
    My kids all know…. it needs to be in their briefcase or a bag.

    • If you want drivers with advanced degrees you can pay for it, they are conscientious careful and caring please appreciate what others do for you….

  3. If the bus company was required to reimburse the parents for not doing their job, things like this would never happen.
    Back-of-the-napkin calculation:
    There’s roughly 400 bus rides each year. The bus company receives about $1000 annually per kid. That’s about $2.50 per kid per ride.
    If the bus company was forced to pay $2.50 to the parents of each kid, this would never happen again.

  4. Maybe the bus driver overreacted but is the correct way to deal with this is to share it with the entire frum world? Do we need to embarass the driver so publicly? The driver sits in that bus rain or shine, in the heat & cold, in many hours of Lakewood traffic each day. Give him/her some slack for human error. Social media blows everything out of proportion by making every little human error into a whole news story for everyone to read & comment about. This is unfair & damaging to the fabric of a society that would otherwise get along with each other despite our human limitations.
    Gmar Chasima Tova.

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