We don't know how you celebrated last New Year's Eve, but unless Viggo the Carpathian was involved, we're willing to bet that you had a better time than Ed Rivera, who spent 17 hours trapped in a freezing cold bus. Rivera has cerebral palsy and can't communicate verbally, along with suffering from some of the other shittiness that comes with the disease. So his parents hired a company called Outstanding Transport to escort him to and from his special needs school, presumably because they had been under the impression that "abandoning your charge for nearly an entire day" is not generally considered outstanding behavior.
"They just left him there! Like some kind of icy Swedish corpse!"
But Rivera's escort, Linda Hockaday, had big plans, and they didn't involve ferrying around someone who was going to put a real damper on the end-of-year festivities with his "special needs" and "desire to not almost freeze to death in 15-degree weather." Hockaday was in a rush to get a concert at her church, and apparently figured that God would be annoyed if she showed up late after wasting her time helping someone less fortunate. So she had the bus return to the depot, kept Rivera strapped in his seat, and left to celebrate the year that had passed and everything that she had to look forward to in the coming year, such as criminal charges.
She was charged with "reckless endangerment" and "making Jesus sad."
Rivera's body temperature dropped, he got so hungry that he ate part of the vinyl seats, and when police eventually found him, he was rushed to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia and dehydration. Hockaday tried to throw the driver under the ... um, she tried to blame the driver, but authorities considered her solely at fault because she seated Rivera in a way that hid him from the driver's view, almost as if she knew what she was doing was wrong somehow. She was sentenced to community service, three years' probation, and a completely toxic Google search result for her name. Ironically, the concert she was in such a hurry to get to wound up starting late. Well played, Universe.
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