Thursday, September 23, 2010

Can you love your Kindle too much?

I am the happy owner of a Kindle.  I love everything about it - the ease of downloading books from anywhere, the capability to carry multiple books around with me anytime anywhere, the ability to enlarge the font -- yeah, everything about it.

But, can you love your Kindle too much?  I flipped on the news this morning to this story:  Bus Drive Reading His Kindle while Driving.  Yes, you read that right.  In Portland, OR, the bus driver of the L96 route was videotaped by a passenger reading his Kindle and not just when he was stopped at the red lights.  The video shows the traffic zooming by and he driver clicking the "next page" button.  Are you kidding me?  

At first the driver was put on administrative leave with pay, but today's updated story says that "Operator Lahcen Qouchbane was terminated for posing an immediate threat to public safety and violation of district policy."  Here's the story link:

I commend the passenger who took the time to shoot that video and make the complaint to get this guy fired.  When you ride public transportation, you would at least like to know that the driver who is charged with the responsibility of getting you safely to your destination is at least paying attention to the road.

So, what would you have done?  Would you complain or just shake your head when you got off the bus thanking the "gods" that you made it safely?