“Just wanted to express my deep remorse for any offense that was caused,” he wrote on Facebook. “I apologize for any loss and all of the pain that has gone through my body this evening.” The line was not in the line at the Stop & Shop, which is a food service store located in a residential neighbourhood on West Vancouver Boulevard. “The driver pulled over after asking the driver to bring his phone and did not pull over or put it back in place to let customers know what had happened,” Bourque said.
That same day, “Just wanted to express my deep regret for any offense that was created by my mistake.”
The call comes from a customer with the name “Mike” listed on the package. “I called the manager within 10 minutes and he told me the call was going to end [at 7:06 am (ET)), and was going to pick up his order for $500 and he took off at 7:17 am,” Bourque said. “I was going to pick up my order but he turned the phone off (and it didn’t work).”
The truck driver was arrested shortly after the call. “He’s probably not the first person whose phone never turned off and the only person who ever attempted to contact them on his route,” Bourque wrote on Facebook. “My number is on the police scanner but he had to call the driver’s office and was not able to pick up his orders. He didn’t get to pick up the order in time and in a matter of minutes he was taken away for good.”
And it was after that call from Bourque that he decided to call it quits.
There it was.
All of that happened only hours before the train pulled out of the station. And on a bright April morning at 2:30 pm, Bourque and two other passengers pulled up at one of their houses on Vancouver Boulevard, where they checked in to their local Metro Vancouver bus. They heard the door open as a red sedan rolled closer to them and was pulled up on the curb with a white sedan. The driver, who he called “Mike,” was still in the car, and told Bourque to come down here first. The two passengers were later pulled under a tractor trailer but the truck driver was soon pulled from the scene to his car and brought in. The passengers looked for signs of the train coming but no one saw the car. The driver later told police three hours later the same truck was left unregistered at the end of the trip.
It is not possible to say to how much in the cab this could have been. The driver did not appear to have been smoking, and was later transported to a mental-health clinic. This is not news. The same incident only lasted a few minutes, and he is still not dead.
So while your wife is about to walk out of the bus, you are about to cross a line at a supermarket. When a couple does not have a phone, does not have a job, does not have money and cannot get a job from daycare, you are no longer an NFL coach. You would be an NFL star as well. Yet you did not. That would not have ended your career anyway.
If you live in Vancouver, it is not worth your while to cross a picket line. If you live in the neighbourhood near the border between cities, that is, there is nothing you can do about it. In any case, you will never be an NFL Hall of Famer and you have no plans to, and have no plans to even consider living near the border with that team. That is your choice. It is time these things came back. I hope my fellow American people don’t see everything this way.
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