Thursday, June 14, 2012

Must have reliable transportation

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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This is part of a series of stories by Kimmel, who's given up her car and is relying primarily on public transit.

Last week I applied for a new job. At the bottom of the page, just after the description that fits my ideals for the perfect job, and at the very bottom of all of the other requirements that I don't have a problem with, I saw the following words:

Must have reliable transportation.

Damn.

I'm always laughing at the irony of things and the situations that I find myself in, but this one takes the cake.

My first question in my head, of course, was whether the bus is considered reliable transportation. Or what reliable even means.

Sure it's reliable. It gets me from point A to point B. I will make it there eventually. I might have to leave the office an hour earlier than normal to make it to a meeting. I might be half an hour late to an appointment here and there. I might be 45 minutes early some mornings, depending on the weather and the route. But I WILL make it there...eventually.

Okay, so the answer is clearly no. I guess I will admit that the bus is not a reliable mode of transportation in Indianapolis.

I didn't even have to ask the employer. Nor did I want to take the chance of losing the job before I was given an interview.

It certainly makes sense as a requirement for the position because there is a fair bit of travel involved, but I wonder how many people lose out on the chance for employment because they do not own a car. Are we really so dependent on automobiles that it excludes us from such opportunities?

This is a different thought for me, as I have previously only thought about how people who do have jobs have a hard time getting to and from work conveniently or in a timely manner. I am living and breathing that problem daily. But I never thought I'd have to keep the fact that I don't have a car such a secret in order to even be considered for an initial interview.

My interview is scheduled for tomorrow. As long as the bus gets me there on time, I plan to have a nice laugh when the question is brought up. I'm pondering whether to even waste my time, but I refuse to let this job go based on not having "reliable transportation." Also known in this city as ... a car.

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