Reader Mail: Selective crossing guards

Sent in by Matthew. I know there are some excellent and friendly crossing guards, but what are your opinions on his thoughts?

He writes:

Dear Hoboken411,

crossing-guard-hoboken.jpgI’ve lived in Hoboken since 2000 and have owned here for the past four years. I put up with the high taxes, poor roads, double parking, corruption and governmental waste. I don’t know why, but I do. I guess this letter is my first step in trying to do something about it.

Each morning, my girlfriend and I walk to the PATH – just like thousands of other Hobokenites. During the school year, most street corners in this town are manned by some incompetent, most likely overpaid, city employee whose responsibility it is to manage traffic so the children don’t get injured.

Believe me, I’m all about safety of our children. What bothers me is the fact that these “crossing guards” selectively do their jobs. Besides not being as effective as they can with crossing the children (I’ve seen them talking on their cell phones/other, as children walk through intersection unguarded), they refuse to assist in crossing adults.

Now, do I need a crossing guard? No, I don’t. However, if these people are being paid (and most likely qualifying for pensions, etc.), and are there for the safety of our younger citizens – don’t you think that they should be commissioned to look after the safety of all of Hoboken’s citizens? Especially since the older ones pay their salaries?

When asked, their response is, “we don’t cross adults.” Why not? You’re being paid for cross-walk safety. I guarantee you if someone got hurt while that guard was on duty, the city would be sued – so why be selective?

I wont even attempt to voice my frustration about not having some sort of crossing guard at those intersections by the PATH. Why would they put crossing guards at a low-level intersection like 4th and Jefferson but not right in front of the Starbucks where I’ve seen people almost get run over multiple times.

This town is upside down. The parasites that run it will milk it till it’s spent. We probably spend six or seven figures on the crossing guard budget each year – and as usual, for sub-par performance.

47 Responses

  1. whobutme says:

    Finally the let go of the old lady on 9th and willow. she was useless. The new lady seems to be very nice glad to finally see someone actually working on that corner i believe she is the same lady that was on 4th and garden either way shes doing a great job. Thanx Lady …

  2. James Damion says:

    I’ve been wanting to rant about this topic since last summer when I started taking my dog down to the walking path on the river. The two women who patrol 4th and River were two of the most useless people I’ve ever encountered. With all the traffic coming around that corner and the amount of strollers that pass through. You’d think they could find someone who gave a damn about their job.
    My most recent target is the guy working the corner of Third and Bloomfield. I pass on my way to the PATH every day and I’ve never even seen him standing up. He’s constantly sitting on his ass with his face planted in his phone. This asshole deserves a severe firing considering he can’t even stand up on the job.

    • YouStayCl@ssyHoboken says:

      The intersection at 4th and River is a tough one. There is a new guard there now, who moved over from Hudson where the intersection is less dangerous. She is great, shows she cares about her job.

      Along the way I noticed an undesired effect with the new bumpouts…used to be that you step into the crosswalk from curbside and drivers are supposed to yield while you are still at a safe distance. Last week, I saw a little leaguer waiting to cross from a new bumpout area at night and drivers weren’t stopping because he wasn’t in the crosswalk. The pedestrian has very little space to enter the crosswalk without jeapordizing their safety due to cars being so close to the new curb line.[quote comment=”223295″]I’ve been wanting to rant about this topic since last summer when I started taking my dog down to the walking path on the river. The two women who patrol 4th and River were two of the most useless people I’ve ever encountered. With all the traffic coming around that corner and the amount of strollers that pass through. You’d think they could find someone who gave a damn about their job.
      My most recent target is the guy working the corner of Third and Bloomfield. I pass on my way to the PATH every day and I’ve never even seen him standing up. He’s constantly sitting on his ass with his face planted in his phone. This asshole deserves a severe firing considering he can’t even stand up on the job.[/quote]

  3. willow says:

    I saw this and was cracking up. I see the crossing guard every day at 9th and Willow. She does for the most part help the kids cross but anyone else forget about it. She has the disgusted look she gives to the locals that cracks me up. zero smile zero personality. The crossing guard on 4th near the school always smiling and says hello. I realize its probably not the most appreciated job or highest paid but it is still a job and you can be nice and not a miserable hag.

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