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Re: Respect the T/O's request not to film him

Posted by RonInBayside on Mon Dec 10 16:14:36 2007, in response to Reviewing The Footage (Called A ''Terrorist'' By A T/O), posted by Nilet on Sun Dec 9 20:08:24 2007.

While I'm not excusing the T/O at all (he was clearly wrong), I suggest to you that you could be more diplomatic. Your transcript provided an important clue to the T/O's state of mind:

The T/O told you, in effect, that what was REALLY going on was he got nervous about your filming him. Fine. espect that. What you could have said is this:

"I apologize for making you feel uncomfortable. I will make sure not to film you at all today. I will not aim my camera at your cab at all. TA policy notwithstanding, I know you need a little space to operate your train and I'm OK with that."

It is likely that this approach would have defused the T/O and prevented a situation where other passengers got irate with you. Maybe you would not have gotten all the scenes you wanted (in that case, get off, wait for another train and try again). But you would have gotten some of the footage.

Diplomacy and common sense will get you far.


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