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Re: Called A ''Terrorist'' By A T/O

Posted by checkthedoorlight on Sun Dec 9 11:19:59 2007, in response to Called A "Terrorist" By A T/O, posted by Nilet on Sun Dec 9 00:42:46 2007.

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We all have our encounters from time to time. I've been pretty lucky with mine in the past...I usually try to cooperate and get things over with, and that always leads to me leaving the scene in one piece and with everything I arrived with. I did have an encounter with the T/O of the Rockaway Shuttle at Broad Channel (one of the most scenic and out of the way stations to take photos) a couple of years ago, where he asked to see my photo permit, and when I told him that I didn't need one, he said he was going to call the cops, but then I said "sorry" and he immediately pulled his train to the layup track and that was the last I heard about that. While I still feel like it is important to report these encounters to the fellow railfans, and in the case of police encounters, they are doing their job so there should be no repercussions for them by mentioning the exact time and place, since there should be an official record of it anyway, the decision on whether to call out a specific transit employee really comes down to whether or not you felt he was acting in a manner that justifies him being punished. It is apparent that you are leaving out A LOT of details here. Were you called a terrorist because you were in a restricted area, trying to get that perfect angle, or was it because you just happened to be holding a camera? Regardless, being called that in public, by a transit employee, is likely to incite panic from other passengers who hear this. Unless you KNOW (whether or not you want to tell US what happened) that the incident was your fault and that the T/O was trying to do his job, you shouldn't have anything to hide here.


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