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This is one of the most bizarre and yet hilarious stories we’ve seen in a long time, out of Cranston, RI:
NBC 10 is reporting that Cranston’s director of senior services stepped down last week after she had a male bus driver for the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center masquerade as a woman to improve visuals at a press conference. Sue Stenhouse, the former director of senior services for Mayor Allan W. Fung, resigned Friday, the mayor’s office confirmed.
The controversy began at a press conference last week where Fung and Stenhouse presented a “student snow shoveling brigade.” The new initiative would connect high school students with the city’s low-income and elderly residents during snowstorms. For community service credits, the teenagers would help clear driveways and sidewalks.
Flanked by Fung, and what seemed to be a local elderly woman, wearing a “Cranston Senior Home Resident” name tag, Stenhouse discussed the new program during a press conference at the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center.
But, NBC10 reports that it was not a senior home resident, but a bus driver for the facility in disguise. The man was wearing a dress, earrings, lipstick, and a wig, according to the report. Both Fung and Stenhouse declined to comment on the allegations, and the circumstances of her departure.
At the senior center Thursday morning, a group of men laughed and passed around a cell phone photo of the person in question. Mike Fargnoli, 66, whose father regularly visits the center, said he immediately recognized the person as a Trans Van bus driver. The Trans Van is a service that transports seniors to and from the center.
“We all thought it was a joke,” Fargnoli said. “I don’t know what was going on. He’s a very nice guy.”
Jerry Carnevale, 85, said he was sad to see Stenhouse go. She has implemented many popular programs during her tenure at the center, such as yoga, tai chi, and chair exercise classes. She also added pool tables, he said.
“She made this a much better, safer place to be,” he said. “She did her job well and showed nothing but kindness for me.”
So, what exactly is the problem here? How is this a scandal and not just a hilarious thing that happened? Why is NBC10 acting like they’ve uncovered some huge thing here? She was promoting the “Snow Angels Program,” which “encourages volunteers to help home-bound seniors get shoveled out when it snows.” So, yea, that sounds like a good thing.
Who cares if she Mrs. Doubtfired this random bus driver because she needed a token elderly lady? It was really cold that day. Would you prefer it if she dragged a real 80 year old woman out there in the freezing cold? What if the got pneumonia and croaked right afterwards? Obviously this lady was just looking out for the best interests of the elderly, and as a result she gets crucified by some wannabe muckrakers from NBC 10. Plus, all the other old people like Sue Stenhouse because she lets them do cool activities like yoga and tai chi. Looks like it’s back to bingo and sewing for you geezers!!
Plus, this is a Goddamn press conference. It’s for the cameras. It’s like when a bunch of politicians take a picture shoveling at a construction site. No one actually thinks they’re gonna be the ones building it. This is no different.
Honestly though, when I first saw this story I couldn’t stop laughing. I mean look at this dude:
Anyone with a brain can tell that’s a dude. It’s so diabolical I love it!! But like I said, who cares? Bruce Jenner did the same exact thing and he won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Free the bus driver. Free Sue Stenhouse.
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