Mom’s 15-year bus stop cookie tradition shut down by one complaint

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A Minnesota mom who baked cookies and brought them to the kids’ bus stop for 15 years to promote camaraderie in her neighborhood has been shut down by one person’s complaint.

Anne Tabat is known as “the cookie lady” in her Chanhassen neighborhood, bringing cookies to the school bus stop for the bus driver and kids every Friday. Someone complained, so now there will be no more cookies.

“I didn’t live in the suburbs until I turned 40,” Tabat told Minnesota Public Radio Thursday. “Look at the way these houses are designed here. They’re not designed with a friendly neighborliness community in mind. I haven’t been in most of the houses in my neighborhood. People live such busy lives; you don’t talk to your neighbors, you don’t know your neighbors.”

On her last Friday delivery, the bus driver told her the kids could no longer have cookies, and he wouldn’t eat any if they couldn’t, according to MPR.

“This was meant to get to know the bus drivers and thank them for transporting our kids to and from school,” she said. “I know the bus driver. She [the woman who complained] didn’t bother to know me, the bus driver, or anything about the cookie-bus thing. I don’t care if I get shut down. The kids are going to live.”

Tabat said she understood concerns about food allergies, and she would have been respectful of any requests, but no one gave her a reason, told her who complained or explained how the school could have jurisdiction over a neighborhood’s bus stop.

“I know all these well-meaning people who do kindly gestures, but they backfire because they’re not thinking about things like that,” she told the station. “That’s not what this is about. I never really got a straight answer. One parent complained, and the school district has to be responsive to that.”

While some neighbors are upset over the decision, Tabat said her last child will be graduating soon and it would have had to end anyway.

“People are good,” she said. “I’ve yet to find someone I can’t find commonality with. We’re all crawling around on the planet dealing with circumstances in our life, and most of us just want to raise a nice family and be successful in however you define success, and for most people it’s just surviving.”

H/T: Fox News

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