10556RE: [FJGRailroad] Unattended baggage
- Nov 9, 2004Joe your reaction sounds a bit anxious but you did the right thing. Amtrak
employees have all been advised to report unattended bags or packages; it's
considered part of the routine today. It sounds like the MNRR cops were lax
in their handling the matter. Yes they should have taken the guy in custody
long enough for him to miss his train. Next time he would engage his brain
to curb his insouciance.
>From: "joseph Klapkowski" <riverlinejoe@...>
>To: email@example.com, FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com,
>Subject: [FJGRailroad] Unattended baggage
>Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2004 03:24:07 +0000
>I am going to gripe and have included the FJ&G and D&H lists to give you
>a sense of what STUPID people we have riding Metro North.
>Tonight I arrived at track 35 in GCT to take the 7:18 pm Hudson line train
>north. My ride is about 70 minutes so getting a "good" seat is crucial.
>Tonight I arrived at 6:52 (actually I missed the 6:48) so I took advantage
>of my early arrival to get a "good" seat
>As I plopped down I noted there was an unattended bag in the seat right in
>front of me. Call me paranoid but I looked about to see if anyone was
>walking around the train. I went so far as to check the bathroom. No dice.
>I got off the train and went to the first mechanical department guy I saw
>and told him about the bag. He went down and looked, came back up te
>platform and announced that it was in fact an unattended bag. Six minutes
>have now passed and I am getting a little anxious. Its also getting closer
>to train time (remembert my good seat?). The mechanical guy summons MNPD
>arrives only to discover that there is indeed an unattended bag and then,
>wanting to know what all the commotion is about, the owner of the bag who
>was all the while standing on the platform being chatty with a friend,
>announces that it his bag.
>There was some dialog with the Metro North cops who I gather questioned the
>guy. He did not like this at all and when he got on the train referred to
>the cops as idiots. I wanted to tell him I thought he was an idiot but I
>I do not think stupidity should be illegal necessarily but there were at
>least two other people on the train who got a little upset upon discovering
>the unattended bag. I think Metro North should take a tougher stance with
>people who do this. The alternative of course could be that the next time
>they should make the guy fill out a form which makes him miss the train.
>Something along the order of writing " I will not leave unattended luggage
>on Metro North trains" 100 times.........
>Am I being too reactionary?
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