Readers’ Scoop: NJ Transit And Black Hats

Readers-Scoop-Logo smallDear Lakewood Scoop and readers, 
My son goes to Yeshiva in New York, and usually takes a NJ Transit bus back Sunday morning. Last Sunday, my husband drove him to the bus stop at Rt. 9 and Tenth Street. Four other bochurim were waiting there as well. They soon saw the bus approaching. The bus slowed down as it came near the bus stop… and then it sped away — without stopping to pick up the boys!! My husband then drove them all back to the bus station and they had to take the next bus instead. He complained, and we also spoke to the supervisor the next day, who said he’d try to investigate. But  we have to wonder what’s going on here?!  Was it the black hats… was it the suitcases…?? Has anything like this happened to anyone else? Is this the kind of service for which we will now have to pay even higher prices? Please comment and advise.
Thank you.

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  1. This is outrageous. Are you seure driver knew you were waiting for the bus? (maybe he thought you were part of the Delta scene) was the bus full?
    Start by finding out the bus number and the name of the driver. Keep track of all dates and conversations. Get names of everyone you speak to.

  2. it may be that many boys wait there also for other types of rides and the driver didnt realize. you can file a complaint and they cane asily figure out which driver was on duty and allow him to explain himself

  3. This better be brought to the top echelons in trenton if it comes out the driver intentionaly did not pick up the boys he must be fired and sued.

  4. Was it maybe because the way people act on the bus???
    I was on the lakewood brooklyn bus last week and there was a group of girls who did not be quiet the entire time. maybe some guys did it on that drivers bus as well.

    just a thought

  5. ummmm, are you absolutely positive that it was a bus stop? i remember seeing a sign awhile back that NJ transit busses won’t stop somewhere there by Route 9 area anymore…

    also, are you sure that bus was on duty? often i’m waiting for a bus and one will pass by with the “no passenger” sign lit up…

    maybe just check that out before accusing anyone.

  6. why is this person assuming that the driver didnt stop because of the black hats. are you not comfortable with the way u dress? change your dress and see if the drver still refuses to stop

  7. A S Schwartz – Even if you are right, it is still discrimination and against the law for the driver to profile people like that.

    Nonetheless, I think someone might have a bit of an inferiority complex here. It reminds me of the guy who said that when the garbage wasn’t picked up on Thursday Chol Ha’moed (due to Easter), it was pure anti-semitism. Obviously it had nothing to do with that. So before you go assuming the NJ Transit bus drivers hate people with black hats, maybe consider that perhaps there was another reason he didn’t stop. It feels good to blame people for things that go wrong, but not everything done to hurt you is done out of spite.

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