The Bus Stop

Ah-ha Moment

A priest, a Muslim, a rabbi, and a Hindu are waiting at a bus stop wearing the traditional garb of their faith.

As the bus driver pulls to a stop he opens the door and says, "Is this some kind of a joke?”

If you are like most people you see some humor in the story. This is because of a massive number of jokes concerning groups of people and how they would each react to some situation. Sometimes it could be a lawyer, a policeman and a doctor while other times it might be two blonde girls or a blind guy. Whatever it is the joke is generally around some sort of stereotype.

Although the bus driver is generally absent from the joke, in this joke the bus driver actually has the punchline. Instead of playing on the stereotypes of the four people it plays on the stereotype of people using stereotypes.

This is a great lesson for us to remember. Jokes are nothing more than humorous stories and should be treated as such. Although many of the ethnic or professional culture jokes are humorous is important for the joke teller to be empathetic with their audience. No bus driver should be offended by the joke above.

Likewise, no member of a cultural group should ever be offended by a well thought out bit of cultural humor. In a welcoming workplace, make sure your jokes convey this thoughtfulness.