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Why Europe Sux - vol. 2

Postby RugbyD » Wed Jul 27, 2005 12:52 pm

Apparently the price of having a grand culture and rich history is an encroaching magnitude of idiocy. This is not a slam against Europeans as a people, but rather against it's institutions. Whenever I find something I deem utterly ridiculous spewing forth from Europe, I will post it for your enjoyment and discussion.

From France

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international ... 90,00.html

Bus firm takes car sharers to court

Kim Willsher in Paris
Monday July 11, 2005
The Guardian

They might have been congratulated for their "green" efforts in an area of heavy air pollution.
Instead a group of French cleaning ladies who organised a car-sharing scheme to get to work are being taken to court by a coach company which accuses them of "an act of unfair and parasitical competition".

The women, who live in Moselle and work five days a week at EU offices in Luxembourg, are being taken to court by Transports Schiocchet Excursions, which runs a service along the route. It wants the women to be fined and their cars confiscated.

Two years ago a business tribunal threw out the company's case. It is now pursuing the women in a higher court, claiming that their action has cost it €2m (£1.4m).
The women explained that for many years cleaners used the TSE line for the 40-minute ride across the border, which cost them €110 (£76) a month.

"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," said Martine Bourguignon. Odette Friedmann added: "In the evening instead of coming to get us at 9.30pm the bus would arrive at 10.30pm. If you made any comment to the driver you'd get a mouthful of abuse."

"It's absurd and ridiculous," said the women's lawyer, Cécile Klein-Schmitt. "I don't see how any magistrate can find any legal basis for this case."

TSE is also suing the women's employer, Onet-Luxembourg. "They've basically accused us of inciting the car-sharing scheme when we have nothing to do with the method of transport used by our staff," said director Frédéric Sirerol.

The court case will be heard in January next year.
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Postby Madison » Wed Jul 27, 2005 1:20 pm

The bus company is taking the women to court because they choose to drive (and ride in the same car together) instead of taking the bus? 8-o

I don't see any way that can hold up in court. Sounds absurd to me. :-?
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Postby Kingctb27 » Wed Jul 27, 2005 1:43 pm

In a few words, I'm glad I don't live in Europe
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Postby go_jays_go » Wed Jul 27, 2005 1:48 pm

kingctb27 wrote:In a few words, I'm glad I don't live in Europe


Yeah, yòù §hòùld §èè thé itàliàn kèybòàrd :-° :-b
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Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Wed Jul 27, 2005 2:40 pm

ah - the growing pains of capitalism - interesting.
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Postby pokerplaya » Wed Jul 27, 2005 2:57 pm

Very very odd. :-?
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Re: Why Europe Sux - vol. 2

Postby wrveres » Wed Jul 27, 2005 6:25 pm

RugbyD wrote:"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," said Martine Bourguignon. Odette Friedmann added: "In the evening instead of coming to get us at 9.30pm the bus would arrive at 10.30pm. If you made any comment to the driver you'd get a mouthful of abuse."


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Postby reznorsboy » Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:48 pm

This sounds like the work of Commies
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Postby Mookie4ever » Thu Jul 28, 2005 7:59 am

I bet it has something to do with the bus drivers' union. Unions in France are out of control. The US is still the home of the crazy lawsuit.
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