Transit supervisor saves girl from beating and gets fired

Saves girl. You read that right. Supervisor saves girl loses job.

Consider this a rant about the evils of government and unions and following the absolute letter of the rules.

We hope the supervisor gets his job back and gets back pay.

The bus company says he violated the company “workplace violence policy” by rescuing a woman from an abusive boy friend on the street near where he was working on a broken down bus. According to the supervisor he grabbed the man’s hand, and the man punched him twice.

The police later arrested the boyfriend and didn’t arrest the supervisor, he obviously broke up a situation that could have gotten serious and the woman could have been hurt or killed. We would call him a Good Samaritan.

Not in the eyes of Bierman’s bosses.

Less than two weeks after the incident, the Milwaukee County Transit System fired Bierman.

“You acted outside the scope of your employment as a route supervisor, compromised your own safety and exposed your employer to potential liability and its image and reputation to potential harm,” states Bierman’s Oct. 17 termination letter.

In fact, the situation is likely to lead to litigation.

Only it’s Bierman who is planning to file suit. He has hired an attorney and is looking to sue the county transit system and the company that operates the bus system, Milwaukee Transport Services, for wrongful termination.

“I guess I’m supposed to act like nothing was happening,” Bierman said in a recent interview. “Don’t be a human. Don’t be a citizen.”

This gentleman deserves his job and a medal.

The Milwaukee County Transit System deserves that lawsuit and new management.

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Posted by on December 28, 2013.
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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980.Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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  • jim_m

    He was trespassing on the turf of another union. Milwaukee is a huge union town and everything is done for the benefit of those unions.

    • Oldflyer

      How was he trespassing on the turf of another union? What is missing from the report?

      • jim_m

        The police are unionized.

        • Brett Buck

          And the thug probably works for the same people that run the transit workers union.

    • Commander_Chico

      Guy’s got the right name for Milwaukee – Bierman.

      Looks more like the transit system was contracted out and there is no union protection for employees.

      If there was a union this guy would not be getting fired.

      • jim_m

        My comment was not that he was a union but that he was stepping on the turf of another union.

        • Commander_Chico

          Of course there are two sides to the story, and the other guy says Bierman deserved to be fired for unprovoked “white-knighting”

          http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/237333951.html

          Only a fool intervenes in a stranger’s domestic dispute – call the cops. Plenty of guys have been stabbed, shot or beat to death getting between a man and a woman. Unfortunately, some guys think they’re going to get laid for protecting the woman.

          • jim_m

            Yep, when seconds count the cops are only minutes away. Nothing like letting someone be assaulted, doing nothing and walking away expecting the police to maybe arrive in time to do something about it.

            That’s our Chico, never give anything for the benefit of someone else unless you can profit from it. What a mercenary jerk.

          • Commander_Chico

            Go ahead and be a white knight. Chances are she’ll turn around and start beating your ass when you attack her man.

          • jim_m

            We know where you stand. If there isn’t gain in it for you, you don’t care who gets killed.

          • Commander_Chico
          • Jwb10001

            Is that what a brave soldier like you would do, stand and watch a woman get beaten while calling the police? Oh well some folks stand up to wrong doing some folks are candy asses.

          • jim_m

            Except that he isn’t a soldier, he was maybe a navy reservist and he admits that he only did it for the benefits. Chico doesn’t believe in helping other people and would definitely watch someone be brutalized and do nothing to stop it. Heck, if he saw a profit motive he might just join in.

            I think by his own statements we can safely define Chico as a coward. He is terrified at the idea of using the military for anything showing that the last thing he wanted to do was be called upon to defend his country and possible get hurt. His refusal to address RM’s accusations is another evidence of his cowardice. His constant reference to his service is simply done in order to cover up and compensate for his lack of manhood.

          • Brucehenry

            So when you constantly call another man a coward and question his manhood, virility, and morality from the safety of your keyboard, what are you compensating for?

          • Commander_Chico
          • jim_m

            There is a difference between someone who stands by and does nothing and someone who advocates that everyone else should do the same and that they are wrong for intervening. You are the latter. You are worse than a coward you demand that others be cowards in order to cover for your own cowardice.

          • Commander_Chico

            I don’t demand you do anything. You can intervene in any kind of domestic dispute you wish.

            Maybe you’ll end up like this guy:

            http://jezebel.com/5714962/man-who-intervened-in-domestic-assault-still-recovering-from-injuries

            It’s not my job to prevent some strange woman from getting a black eye. That’s what 911 is for.

          • jim_m

            I take it you were one of Kitty Genovese’s neighbors.

          • Jwb10001

            So to stand in oppostion to Jim you’re just fine with men beating women? Feel the same way about old people, how about dogs and kids. If a parent decided to beat the hell out of a kid would you stand by and let Jim get between them? You wouldn’t want to be between my wife and anyone that decided to abuse a dog, but she’s got guts. What would you do on a highjacked air craft hope like hell someone with more fortitude than you saves your ass? I would think that stopping an act of violence would be something of a unified goal for both liberals and conservatives, evidently I was wrong.

          • jim_m

            Nothing.

            I am calling him out for what he is. His constant criticism of people who disagree with him as ‘chickenhawks’ and hiding behind his alleged service as supopsedly immunizing him from criticism on matters of national defense and the military.

            He’s a coward. He has basically admitted so much. If he wants to defend himself he can or he can continue to hide behind your skirt.

          • Brucehenry

            And what are the possible consequences of “calling him out” from where you sit, Jim?

            Internet tough guys are hilarious. Slinging names and accusations of “cowardice” around while they’re hundreds or thousands of miles away from the target of their calumny.

            If you imagine that typing “you’re a coward” to another man who is, shall we say, a little more than arm’s reach away is anything other than a form of cowardice itself, you are even more pathetic than I had assumed.

          • Commander_Chico

            Yep. I don’t know why he’s beating her.

          • jim_m

            But you stand up for his right to do so without anyone intervening. How brave of you.

          • Jwb10001

            If she did something to him he should call 911and wait for the cops, not take matters into his own hands, that’s the solution to everything.

          • Brett Buck

            You are even more pathetic than I thought. You are suggesting that we should all sit back and let someone beat a woman because it’s a lover’s spat? In what sick mind does having a prior relationship make this OK? Talk about the “women are chattel” theory. Do you know how long it takes to pull a knife and stab someone?

            Calling the cops and waiting even 5 minutes might mean life and death to another human being, – while you sit there and watch, smug in your in-depth knowledge that you are obeying all the rules, both completely inapplicable workplace rules, and the rules you have just dreamed up.

          • Brett Buck

            You are even more pathetic than I thought. You are suggesting that we should all sit back and let someone beat a woman because it’s a lover’s spat? In what sick mind does having a prior relationship make this OK? Talk about the “women are chattel” theory. Do you know how long it takes to pull a knife and stab someone?

            Calling the cops and waiting even 5 minutes might mean life and death to another human being, – while you sit there and watch, smug in your in-depth knowledge that you are obeying all the rules, both completely inapplicable workplace rules, and the rules you have just dreamed up.

          • Commander_Chico

            Have at it, white knight. I bet the other guy’s girlfriend backs him up and not Bierman if this goes to trial.

          • Brucehenry

            From Oct 1978 to Oct 1980 I operated a dive honkytonk/jukebox joint in Wilson, NC, a bassackward pukehole of a town if there ever was one.

            In that 2 year period there were 4 occasions in my bar when some dude slapped or otherwise assaulted the woman he was getting shitfaced with. On one of those occasions the “victim” stabbed my bouncer in the ass with a broken longneck Budweiser bottle, when he was getting the guy who struck her under control. On all 4 occasions the woman was arrested when the cops did get there because she assaulted the cops who were trying to arrest her attacker.

            Lesson: Be damn careful if you’re gonna intervene in a domestic dispute. Make sure you know where she is while you’re dealing with him.

          • Commander_Chico

            Yeah people with real life experience know this kind of thing.

            People who never got into a fight get all puffed up and righteous on the internet.

            That bar sounds like my kind of place.

          • Brucehenry

            And call others cowards lol.

          • jim_m

            It’s better than being a coward and basically declaring that the people were right when they let Kitty Genovese get murdered.

            Yeah you and Chico are cowards. You would do nothing and watch while a person gets beaten, even killed. Joke all you want, you’re scumbags.

          • Brucehenry

            Yes we can tell from all your brave internet talk that you would intervene heroically to save the damsel in distress.

            It’s particularly un-cowardly of you to call other men — men who have been in fistfights, and, at least in my case, a man who HAS intervened to protect women from beatings — mean names on the internet. L O fucking L.

            Please tell us about the last time you stopped an attack on a damsel. And about the last time you ran your mouth in real life about another man’s alleged “cowardice,” and what happened as a result of said mouth-running.

          • jim_m

            Nice ad hominem attack there in response to my proving that you are an amoral ass who doesn’t give a damn about the welfare of anyone else around them.

          • Brucehenry

            Yeah, proof positive from the guy whining about an “ad hominem” after calling others “cowards” and “scumbags” on the internet.

            God you’re smart. And tough, too.

          • jim_m

            I’m simply stating what you have already said. Your response is to question me. This is not about me, it is about what you and Chico have said. You have said that you would never intervene and that this bus driver was wrong for doing so. It isn’t about my feats of courage. It’s about your lack of it.

          • Commander_Chico

            Yeah what’s up with that Jim, complaining about “ad hominems” when you’re always using vulgar and insulting language?

          • jim_m

            What I wrote is clear. A statement is not an ad hominem attack when it is based on your words.

          • Brucehenry

            Yeah, only a coward would call scumbag an ad hominem. LOL.

          • jim_m

            Yes, I threw in some insults but they were not the center of my argument. Yours was that unless I demonstrated some proof of courageous acts that that somehow nullified any argument that you were cowardly for suggesting that intervention was wrong. I will grant that Chico more than you is the focus of this argument as he has been more explicit in stating that intervention was wrong.

          • Brucehenry

            That’s mighty white of you to grant that, jim.

            I’m saying, yes, that any man who calls another a “coward” on the internet — safe from any physical repercussions or any physical demonstration that he is mistaken — is a coward himself.

          • jim_m

            Don’t worry. I would have no compunction about calling you one to your face.

          • Brucehenry

            Another brave remark that you’ll never be called on to verify. It’s easy being an Internet Tough Guy, ain’t it?

          • jim_m

            I’m equally beligerent in person.

          • Brucehenry

            I’m sure. Why don’t you regale us about the last time you gave a wrongdoer a righteous beatdown or physically intervened in any way like this bus driver claims to have done?

          • jim_m

            The point is the unlike you and Chico I do not argue that getting involved is wrong. And while there were such scuffles in college where I and others intervened the point is that Chico has responded elsewhere and yet has not denied that he would have let Kitty Genovese die.

            I am the type of person that does go outside when there is something that sounds like trouble and yes, I was my neighborhood watch block captain so I take it as my personal responsibility to do something when someone else is in trouble. (no I didn’t have a CCW license, it was in Illinois) Most of the time all you have to do is show your face. Punks like you and Chico don’t hang around if it looks like someone might get you in trouble.

          • Brucehenry

            So in other words you got nothing, you’ve never specifically done anything physical to protect a stranger from physical attack, unlike me, who HAS.

            You “go outside” when something sounds like trouble, and you call 911 as a Neighborhood Watch captain should when you suspect criminal activity. Bully for you. Doesn’t make you braver than someone who is cautious about interfering in a dispute when he doesn’t know the facts or what the consequences might be.

          • jim_m

            In other words this is not about me and my point is not invalidated by anything I have or have not done. I have done my part before and would so again if called upon. You say you would not and Chico even more emphatically makes the statement that he would not ever risk himself for someone else.

            One can see when there is an assault going on and the fact really don’t matter at that point.

          • Brucehenry

            Oh I disagree, it IS about you calling another man a coward when you know you will suffer no consequences for running your mouth, as you might if you were sitting in a bar somewhere. My guess is you’d be purty damn cautious about calling another man a coward if he expressed an opinion similar to Chico’s there.

          • jim_m

            No I really wouldn’t.I can defend myself both intellectually and physically.

          • Brucehenry

            Maybe I’m wrong LOL.

          • Brucehenry

            Wrong. Never said (and neither did Chico, I don’t think), that I would “never” intervene nor did I say the bus driver was wrong. I said there was another version of the story, that one had better be damned careful if one is going to intervene in a situation like this, and that it is funny how wingnuts accept automatically that this boyfriend is guilty while claiming that the evidence of George Zimmerman’s girlfriend-whupping is so scanty. You can claim I said this or I said that but all one has to do is re-read the thread to see you are delusional.

            And again, it IS about your feats of courage, Mr Brave Internet Talker. If you’re gonna call somebody else a coward for counseling caution (due to that somebody else’s hard-won knowledge of the consequences of recklessness) you ought to have some record of righteous ass-whuppin’ to your credit.

            But I’m very very damn sure you don’t.

          • Brucehenry

            It had it’s fun moments, but I did get weary of stepping between drunk, quaaluded rednecks to stop them from killing each other every Friday and Saturday night. And I wasn’t exactly raking in buckets of cash from it at 65 cents per longneck Bud.

            On the other hand we sometimes hosted a pretty good New Wave/rock band called Luky Owens and Revolver that had some minor local success in 1980 or so:

          • Jwb10001

            No the reality is he’s just staking out contrary ground. If we said saving kittens and children from Nazis was a good thing he’d disagree. He’s a tool.

          • jim_m

            If the children were Jewish he would disagree and not because he was being contrary.

  • EquineLover

    A chance to get rid of a white guy. They had to take it.

    • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

      Yep! All a set up, IMO!

  • Brucehenry

    NOT ONE MENTION of unions in the video or the linked article. The employer is a contractor, not “government.”

    Wingnut reading skills. Wingnut logic. A world of their own.

    • Jwb10001

      What about the situation though Bruce, or is your only job critiziing people that post here?

      • Brucehenry

        See, how these “blog” thingies work is that the authors post articles and then readers comment on them.

        Like this one, for instance, where the author posts, “consider this a rant about the evils of government and unions…” Even though there is NOT ONE MENTION of government or unions in either the video he posts or the article he links to.

        The guy he “stopped” has a different take on what happened. It’s hilarious that the same nuts who decried a “lynch mob mentality” re Zimmerman have taken it upon themselves to be judge and jury on this guy, based solely on the story of the guy who got fired.

        • Jwb10001

          OK then professor, I now know how these blog thingies work thanks so much. Were you or are a teacher? You surely do sound like one.

          • Brucehenry

            I’m sorry if you’re embarrassed. Don’t ask silly questions and you won’t look silly.

          • Jwb10001

            Oh OK then. I’m silly and embarrassed I’m not sure how you worked all that out but since you are the smartest person on the internet I’ll go with it LOL.

          • Brucehenry

            I may be the smartest but I’m not the toughest or the bravest. Jim is. But you’re still the silliest.

          • jim_m

            Well, I certainly have nothing to fear from you. Even if I was beating up a defenseless woman in your presence I wouldn’t have anything to fear from you, you’ve proven that point.

          • Brucehenry

            Not as long as you’re insulting me — oh, I mean, employing ad hominems against me — from hundreds of miles away you don’t, that’s for sure.

          • jim_m

            Tell, you what, next time I am in NC we can arrange to meet and I will insult you to your face. Does that give you some hope?

          • Brucehenry

            Yup, you know my real name, what town I live in, etc. I’m in the book, as they used to say. So whatever, tough guy.

          • Jwb10001

            Bruce, read your post below with Jim (both of you are acting like children on the play ground) and tell me again how silly I am. I’ll hold both your coats while you fight over an internet story because I’M the silly one.

          • Brucehenry

            LOL you have a point there. Why so serious?

          • Brucehenry

            But he started it!