Saturday, July 16, 2005

French bus line takes a cue from Rick Santorum

Transports Schiocchet Excursions is suing a group of French cleaning ladies for "an act of unfair and parasitical competition" because the women created a car-pool that has allegedly cost the French bus line €2 million ($3.2M) in revenue. The women, who live in Moselle, commute to work in the EU offices in Luxemborg 5 days/week.
The women explained that for many years cleaners used the company line for the 40-minute ride across the border, which cost them €110 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."
The bus line has requested the women be fined and have their cars confiscated. A hearing is set for Germany.


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