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Here are my two favorite Mary lines:“How is the operator supposed to know that a person walking away from the train is part of a child-parent thing?”- and -“There is no such thing as an emergency door-open button,”
I might need to get our custody agreement updated to list H and I as having a "child-parent thing."
"There is no such thing as an emergency door-open button"But it's true--if you read the KGW article, the guy was referring to the yellow door buttons. And yes, I like the the use of the word "thing" (but that should be "being a child-parent thing").And it'll be interesting to see what happens to Mr. Cooper.
Oh yeah, I know the context - but doesn't change the fact that Mary still made a blunder. She implied that there is no way to release the doors in an emergency - which is totally false.What she meant, however, was "There isn't an emergency door release on the outside of the train."Call me a kook, but I expect the director of communications ($110K/year salary) to not make such errors.
Viewing this video it appears the doors were open for loading all of 16 seconds. How long are the doors to be open at a stop with someone loading with child/children and items. What about this rule 'Yes you can take a trailer if unattached and No you can't take a trailer', where are these rules! Even all the operators don't seem to know the rules? Anyone traveling with children knows it isn't an easy task and this father appears to be well prepared. From the time he exited the train to get trailer and returned was about 2-3 seconds, not bad, was the operator paying attention, there doesn't appear to be a lot of people loading. Summer is coming and tons of families are going to be out and about. Maybe Trimet could use this incident as a wakeup call to be a little more vigilant rather than throwing a father under the train. I do want to applaud Trimet with their quick response time.
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