Bus Driver Leaves 5-Year-Old at Wrong Stop With Stranger (VIDEO)

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A mom in Oregon is understandably irate this week, after her 5-year-old daughter was left at the wrong bus stop -- with a man she didn't even know.

When Charlotte Mandich went to retrieve her kindergartner, Natalia, from her designated bus stop on Wednesday, she was met with every parent's worst nightmare. The bus driver informed her that her child had already been dropped off -- leaving Charlotte in a state of panic.

Want to know where she was? A half mile away with the dad of another little girl she attends school with.

Take a look at this video to hear more about what happened.

Um, is this messed up or what? Thank God Natalia was left with Jeremy Reisdorf, a kind-hearted person who immediately knew something was wrong and made sure she got home safely.

But what if he hadn't been there? What if Natalia had been placed in the hands of someone who did not have her best interests at heart? And it would've been bad enough if the driver left her with another mom -- but a random dude? Again, let's just be thankful things turned out ok.

If I were Charlotte, however, I'd demand that this man be fired for potentially putting a child in harm's way. I understand that there are so many kids on the bus that it's easy to get confused as to who gets off where. But all he had to do was ask Natalia where her mother was, and he would've known something wasn't right.

I remember there was one day last year when I went to get my own son off the bus, and the driver looked at me and said, "He's not here." I swear I almost passed out right then and there. I started to panic. It turns out he simply had his nose buried in a book and didn't notice that he was at his stop -- but I still couldn't breathe. And that's why I can only imagine how terrified this mom was when her daughter not only did not come off that bus -- but was then told she'd already been dropped off with another person.

Hopefully Charlotte won't rest until this man is fired. Yes, he made a mistake, which is something everyone does from time to time. But when it comes to a child's safety, there's really no room for this sort of error.

Do you think the bus driver should be terminated?


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adamat34 adamat34

This idiot better be out of a job....seriously how hard is it to do this correctly.

Marcela Blunck Bowidowicz

So my question is why did this young girl get off the bus and go with a stranger? Couldn't she have told the bus driver that this wasn't her stop? 

nonmember avatar singer825

"And it would've been bad enough if the driver left her with another mom -- but a random dude?"

Ok. Wow. Are you kidding me? I love how a father is equivalent to a random dude. But a mother is just a mother, not a random chick. As if mothers are automatically trustworthy and fathers aren't because they are men. I'm offended on behalf of all men and fathers who get a bad rap simply because they have a penis. The fact the little girl was left with ANYONE random is bad. Dangerous people aren't gender exclusive.

nonmember avatar lioness86

@singer825 "Dangerous people aren't gender exclusive." I couldn't have said it better myself - however the women on this site don't have any regard for the men in their lives, or their children's fathers apparently, as we never see anything geared towards men in a positive light. 'He want's to spend time with his child' = 'he's trying to take the baby away from the mother' on here. In my experience, men are often times as good if not better parents.

Todd Vrancic

Hey, I resemble that description of "a random dude!"  I also happen to have been my kids' primary caretaker when they were little--I am a SAHD and proud of it!

nonmember avatar singer825

Thanks lioness86. I thought I was going crazy when I read that part of the article. So offensive. Glad I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Nelli... NellieAthome

Ms Fischer said "And it would've been bad enough if the driver left her with another mom -- but a random dude?"

Excuse me? Did you really stoop to such a prejudiced statement? Are you seriously trying to say all men are bad and a morn is automatically 100% safe??? Are you really so uninformed that you spread this bigoted nonsense, or worse yet, believe it yourself????

If you have even the remotest amount of integrity you will retract that statement and apologize to "random dudes" everywhere.

Brain... BrainyMommy

I see Mary is up to her old, shameful tricks. What a sleaze she is. 

Sharon Merryman

Did even occur to anyone that possibly the bus driver was a sub?  My 6 yr old autistic grandson, missed our stop one day. Sub bus along with a sub driver. The driver asked my grandson at the start to be sure he let him know where his stop was, as he wasn't familiar with him on there. (he doesn't always ride the bus, mostly car rider) Well, the bus went right on by the house,( I was at the mail box waiting) and my heart plummeted...... I tried to catch the bus, to no avail. So I raced to the school, to make sure he wasn't there, had to call the bus depot.... So this being the 3rd incident, my grandson no longer rides the bus.  Anyhow, I'm glad the little girl is back home safe with her mom. 

Michele Rafferty

This happened to me when I was in Kindergarten, except I wasn't left with anyone, just dropped in the middle of the Mojave desert.  I still won't let my own kids ride the bus because of it.

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