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Re: MTA training (Re: Called A ''Terrorist'' By A T/O)

Posted by trainsarefun on Wed Dec 12 23:28:28 2007, in response to Re: MTA training (Re: Called A ''Terrorist'' By A T/O), posted by Terrapin Station on Wed Dec 12 23:12:42 2007.

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what reason is there for any of the rest of us to doubt his story and start exploring alternate scenarios? If there is a good reason to doubt his story, then sure, go right ahead! But I haven't seen that good reason. No one has even proposed a good reason.

Well, I'll state the reason for my skepticism, which may or may not be justified. I've never met Mr. Nilet nor do I know much about him other than that he takes pictures, and shoots video, of trains. I also know that he's had an inordinate number of run-ins with authorities concerning this activity. Maybe that's very bad luck, maybe he has a certain look that they don't like, maybe he meets some profile - I don't know.

So we started out being told that there was evidence in the form of a video. I haven't seen this footage. To my knowledge, no one has. As the saying goes, 'Let's go to the videotape.'

Secondly, we haven't heard from the NYCT employee in question. Even if you want to say that this person was wrong in her behavior, it would be nice to hear her account of things.

None of this means that I question whether or not Nilet told the truth; perhaps he told the truth as he recalls it. But we have reason so far to doubt that recollection. As I recall the twists and turns of this post, Nilet has already altered his account as to being called a "terrorist" - perhaps further reflection and study would move everyone toward a true account of what happened.

Lastly, if Nilet believes that he was viciously wronged, has this proof of the wrong, then why doesn't he demand action? I was mistreated by a NYCT bus operator once. I gathered witnesses, wrote down the run number, time, bus number, and a description of the driver, called the depot, got referred to the superintendent, and relayed my information. He checked the story, which checked out, and the employee was disciplined. The superintendent apologized on behalf of the organization, and I accepted with no hard feelings. I thought I was wronged and did something about it. My expectation is that if anyone takes serious offense, they will do the same.

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