HR Strange But True!
October 04, 2001

OK, let's get this straight.

Bus drivers in Minneapolis have been moved into a new, $39 million, state-of-the-art garage. Their old digs, a 94-year-old garage encrusted with exhaust soot, will be torn down.

And they're being offered grief counseling?

Minneapolis Pioneer Press columnist Joe Soucheray couldn't believe it either when he saw a fleeting mention of it in a news story. "I just couldn't imagine, say, Ralph Kramden, hat in hand, tearfully confessing to some new age therapist that he was broken-hearted at the thought of moving into a new $39-million garage," he wrote.

So Soucheray called Georgia Stinson, assistant director of transportation in charge of garages and buses, who said she doubted that anybody would actually seek grief counseling. It's just standard practice to offer employees a full range of services, including counseling.

"That's a relief," Soucheray wrote. "I'd hate to think that spending $39 million of our tax dollars was causing anybody to get choked up, except for, well, maybe the taxpayers."

Source: Minneapolis Pioneer Press

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