I chatted with a fellow today that had been driving school bus for the City of Calgary/School Board, I think it was. He told me an interesting story:
About seven or eight weeks ago during our cold snap a young girl about 7 years old got in a scuffle with another child and the sleeve of her coat was torn from shoulder to wrist. She came each day for several days like this and he said to her on Friday that if it wasn’t fixed by Monday he would take care of it for her. I believe he said that she lived in a home. Monday morning she came with the coat wrapped for him. He took it and had it sewn up that evening and gave it back to her the next day. A few days later a young boy got on the bus with his lunch and books in a plastic bag. The driver, (the fellow that told me these stories) said that he had some extra back packs that he gotten give to him at the Stampede. So, he gave one of them to
this young boy who happily accepted it. A few weeks go by and he has completely forgotten about these incidents until a few days ago he is called in for a meeting. In the meeting on one side is him and the other are five people from various sections of the School Board and City.
It was the inquisition all over again for him. One of the questions was “What were his intentions?”: What are they, the “Thought Police”? Both of the above incidents were mentioned in the report that was presented to him. The basic idea of the meeting was that what he did was wrong and that he must have had some weird intention for doing these things with these children.
He told me that he told this committee in no uncertain terms what he thought of them. So, Friday he got laid off. But he’s happy he isn’t working for them anymore.
Me, I’m of a different mind – I just see it as the bad guys having won.
I really, really feel that one of the main purposes of life is to help – just that: to help. If you see an opportunity to do so please don’t falter. And if someone attacks you for doing something good, realize it is their problem, not yours and go do some more good.
Some of the specific facts of the story may not be perfect – it is second hand – but the main points can be verified. I do know the fellow’s name.