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Suing the Cleaning Ladies

by Paul Jacob

Should we stick a nightstick in their faces and force les femmes to ride ze bus?

That's one bus company's basic idea. The company is taking some former passengers to court. Why? Because those commuters got off the bus and started taking a car. See, it's a car-sharing "scheme." A nefarious plot. And the court has set a date to hear this case.

It's France. Who’s doing the suing? Transports Schiocchet Excursions . . . let's call it TSE so you don't have to hear what passes for my French any more. TSE has a route from France to Luxembourg, which is where a group of French cleaning ladies works. TSE says the cleaning ladies are guilty of —- hold on, let me double-check to make sure I'm getting this right —- ah yes, "an act of unfair and parasitical competition."

Those vicious cleaning ladies have their excuses. "Using our cars is quicker and at least twice as cheap. And on the bus we didn't have the right to eat or even to speak," says one. Another complains: "In the evening instead of coming to get us at 9.30 p.m. the bus would arrive at 10.30 p.m. If you made any comment to the driver you'd get a mouthful of abuse."

So, because they want to save an hour or more a day and avoid being treated like ze chopped liver, they conspire against the poor bus company? Why, why are we worried about terrorism when we've got cleaning ladies wantonly driving themselves to work?

This is Common Sense. I'm Paul Jacob.

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