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

Posted by ntrainride on Thu Dec 13 01:17:30 2007, in response to Re: MTA training (Re: Called A ''Terrorist'' By A T/O), posted by Nilet on Wed Dec 12 22:09:01 2007.

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"That leaves holding up a camcorder while standing on the platform just beyond the stop marker while the train is stopped in the station with the doors open as "distracting the T/O."

I'm not trying to R.I.B. you on this. But yikes, just for once, put yourself in the other guys' shoes. Imagine you are the T.O. Subway platforms are the ultimate transient places. Move move move, that's the nature of the environment. In one sense, only people with the right to loiter on a platform are train personnel and cops.

So. You're "driving" the train. The train is stopped, doors open. You notice that everyone else is moving to the doors or shuffling away from the train because they need to catch a different train. Except...one dude apparently holding something that, sure, could simply be a camera of some type. Nobody else is doing what that person is doing. He (since I doubt it would be a she) is just standing there, pointing something at your train.

Maybe you as the photographer can't understand this but you as the T.O. have every right, indeed, obligation to at least consider that person standing there a possible suspicious individual. And if push comes to shove you have every right as a T.O. to act upon your trained and experienced opinion regarding persons inhabiting your work environment...

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