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Worst Job in the World

What is the world's worst job?  I don't know the answer, but I have an opinion.  Although I've never filled the shoes, or even known anyone personally who has performed this job, I've given it some thought and I know I can't be that far off:  School Bus Driver.

Can you imagine?  Think of the generations of horror stories about "the kids on the bus."  My kids have plenty of stories to tell.  If I strain my noggin, I can even think of some bad school bus experiences myself.  The school bus is that no-man's land where bullies thrive... that place between the disciplinary authority of parents and school staff, where things run rampant in the rear-view mirror of a person who must be carefully focused on the road ahead.

So you're driving around a bunch of brats.  You can give only feeble warnings to the brats because, if you act on any threats, your job and your ass is on the line with parents, the school district, and possibly the law.  You can't pull the bus over and have a 'stern talk' with the kids, because your schedule / timeline is more stringent than that of a postal carrier.

Come hail, hell, a traffic jam or high water, if you're ten minutes late picking up or dropping off a kid at one of 30 different stops across a thirty mile drive, any single day of the week, some frantic parent is calling the school and the school is calling your dispatch and you're getting chomped over the radio.  You carry 40 kids, so that makes 40 different caretakers that are prone to calling. 

If you get in ANY type of accident, even a no-fault fender bender, you're potentially facing--at a minimum--charges of negligence on 40 counts.  If you do anything other than smile at every kid regardless of what they're doing, they will probably not like you, and they'll lie about how horrible their bus driver is.  Screwed by the school, screwed by the parents, screwed by the kids and screwed by the law. 

Oh yes, and you're grossly underpaid.

You can have it.  

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