Mother who baked cookies for children on school bus for 15 years ordered to stop after anonymous complaint
- Anne Tabat ordered to stop baking cookies for school children following anonymous complaint
- The mother-of-three had baked the treats for 15 years
- The Minnesota resident said she’s never had a straight answer about the specific details of the complaint
A Minnesota mother dubbed the ‘Cookie Lady’ who has been baking treats for the kids on her children’s bus for 15 years has been shut down by an anonymous complaint.
Every Friday, Anne Tabat has met the school bus in her subdivision with a basket of cookies. It began as a thank you to the bus driver.
And, Tabat said, she couldn’t give the driver a cookie without giving one to every child on the bus.
Tabat said the cookies were also a way to get to know her neighbors.
‘I didn’t live in the suburbs until I turned 40,’ she told Minnesota Public Radio.
‘Look at the way these houses are designed here. They’re not designed with a friendly neighborliness community in mind. I haven’t been in most of the houses in my neighborhood.
‘People live such busy lives; you don’t talk to your neighbors, you don’t know your neighbors.’
But for the first time in many years, Tabat wasn’t at the bus stop yesterday.
She received a phone call from the school this week telling her someone had complained and that she should cease and desist the dispensing of cookies.
She said she never really had a straight answer about the specifics of the complaint.
‘She (the woman who complained) didn’t bother to know me, the bus driver, or anything about the cookie-bus thing. I don’t care if I get shut down, the kids are going to live,’ she said.
‘I woke up the day after this and thought ‘let’s have a protest, let’s sign a petition,’ but the person this would fall back on would be the bus driver.
‘Whatever you do I don’t want anything to stick to the bus driver because this was meant to thank the bus driver.’
Tabat said it was soon time to end the tradition – the last of her three kids will graduate high school soon – but she wanted to stop baking on her own terms.
‘I know all these well-meaning people who do kindly gestures but they backfire because they’re not thinking about things like that. That’s not what this is about,’ she said.