Private Transportation Corporation, a hasidic-owned company that operates a public bus line between two Yiddish communities, has special instructions for its female riders:
Go sit in the back of the bus because the front is reserved for men.
You probably wouldn’t know this, either, because the English portion of their brochure says that “When boarding a crowded bus with standing room only, women should be allowed to board first.”
Ok, fine… but then you look at the Yiddish part of the brochure and it says something completely different:
According to the psak [religious ruling] of the rabbis, men should concentrate themselves in the front seats in the first half of the bus, and women in the second half. Under no circumstances will men be allowed to stand in the second half of the bus, among the women, nor will women be allowed among the men in the first half of the bus.
When the front part of the bus is crowded with standing men, women are not allowed to board the bus from the front entrance in an attempt to push through between the men [to get to the back of the bus]. If possible, women will be allowed to enter the bus through the back door, after they paid first in front to the driver.
How are they still receiving taxpayer money for this…?
The company denies any discrimination. (What, they can’t read Yiddish?) But it would be fun to see what would happen if a woman boarded the bus and sat right in the first row…
(via Joe. My. God.)