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Sue the car-poolers!
    #4399752 - 07/13/05 02:48 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

From http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1525590,00.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, C?cile 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 Fr?d?ric Sirerol.

The court case will be heard in January next year.

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Looks like it's not just Americans who are into frivolous lawsuits these days. But I think America should be blamed for this anyway -- they set the example for the rest of the world, don'tcha know.



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Re: Sue the car-poolers! [Re: Phred]
    #4399774 - 07/13/05 02:57 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

hehe what happened to your headaches, Phred?

feeling better?


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Re: Sue the car-poolers! [Re: Phred]
    #4399797 - 07/13/05 03:05 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

I would be embarrassed to be the lawyer for the Bus firm...what a crock.


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Re: Sue the car-poolers! [Re: Phred]
    #4399862 - 07/13/05 03:23 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

That is absolutely ridiculous.


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Re: Sue the car-poolers! [Re: Phred]
    #4399881 - 07/13/05 03:29 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

What the hell?
Definitely the most absurd story to come around the bend in a while.


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Re: Sue the car-poolers! [Re: Phred]
    #4400408 - 07/13/05 05:50 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

What a crock of  :poop:


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Re: Sue the car-poolers! [Re: Krishna]
    #4400614 - 07/13/05 06:34 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

About my headaches... yes, I am cautiously optimistic that my Sunday dose had the desired effect. I'm still getting hit but not too frequently and the intensity is not unbearable.

I've also managed to snaffle a laptop for the next little while, so my access is better than I had first anticipated.

Still without my bookmarks, though.





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Re: Sue the car-poolers! [Re: Phred]
    #4400690 - 07/13/05 06:50 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

that's good to hear! is there legal psilocybin treatment where you live, or any research into it as a method of treatment, or have you just found out yourself that it works best?


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Re: Sue the car-poolers! [Re: Krishna]
    #4400777 - 07/13/05 07:07 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

To the best of my knowledge, there is no law on the books in the Dominican Republic outlawing the picking and eating of psilocybes. The local curanderos have been using them to treat migraines for as long as anyone can remember. Still, it isn't a wise idea to go waving them around under the nose of local authorities. Discretion is a must.

The organization responsible for getting the upcoming MacLean Medical School at Harvard University clinical study of psilocybin and LSD underway is called "clusterbusters" -- www.clusterbusters.com. We have anecdotal reports from around 200 clusterheads now who have used psilocybin, LSD, and LSA to treat their condition. The earliest reports date to 1998. While this treatment hasn't worked in 100% of the respondents, it has an extremely high success rate. It's a far greater success rate than any other treatment out there -- either surgical or medical -- used to combat cluster headaches.

It's ended my last two cycles. I have every expectation it will end this one as well.



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Re: Sue the car-poolers! [Re: Phred]
    #4401613 - 07/13/05 11:13 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

The court should award the cleaning ladies' a shitload of the bus company's money just as a way of saying "Shut the fuck up.".


Glad you're feeling better.


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