"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." ~Mahatma Gandhi
I find it offensive that this blog writer (Al) is encouraging the harassment of bus drivers by continually posting Lanes videos. Lane is just taking advantage of the fact that the bus drivers are stuck out in the open with nobody to protect them. His videos are ridiculous, there is no point except to harass and be a pain. He video tapes from a distance whenever there is a supervisor or police around, complains about supervisors not working and getting to just sit around in their vehicles when he has no idea what he is talking about. People should have a right to be free from harassment while on the job. The video this blog writer posted last week shows Lane filming from a distance at gateway TC I believe, Lane is filming 2 supervisors and a rail operator and proceeds to claim they just get to stand around all day doing nothing. The film clearly shows all three persons faces. I for one would be pretty pissed having my face plastered on YouTube by some idiot that is telling the world that I don’t do my job. So Lane isn’t even worth arguing about but Al being a past bus operator should at least have the common decency to discourage this kind of reckless behavior but instead chooses to encourage kicking drivers while they are down, making work conditions more difficult than they need to be and throwing bus drivers… well, under the bus. Hmm that kind of sounds likes Trimet management. Maybe you should Photoshop a penis on your head Al
Haha....That's pretty funny comment that should be deleted because I can do that, but I'm not gonna.Look, I am divided on these videos but the drivers do this to themselves, he isn't doing it!If they just ignored him there would be no content for his stuff!AND..I LIKE HIS MOVIES, WHAT CAN I SAY?Kinda like Lane too, everybody has always got so worked up about this stuff.All this energy getting worked up about nothing in reality.I've seen this before, except I was the target.
BTW-I post any and all Trimet related material that I find interesting to the blog.That's the whole purpose of the blog, to collect and disseminate Trimet material.I'm not gonna exclude Lane from having access to it!
I haven't watched the newest videos but I will say this:1. When you are in the public, you are in the public eye. TriMet employees, by the very nature of their job and employer, are public, and have absolutely ZERO expectation of privacy.2. Public employees have a responsibility to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times with the public, and to perform their jobs with the public in mind. They, after all, work for the public. Thus, any TriMet employee - whether the janitor at Center Street, Neil McFarlane, or anyone inbetween, has an expectation that they serve the public, they work for the public, and the public has not a privilege but a right to judge the work and to demand accountability.That said, the public has no right to harass. I again can't speak for Lane since I have not seen the latest videos but I've seen some of Jason McHuff's videos and frankly there was one video where if I were the victim bus driver I would have called the police and had him cited for harassment and interfering with public transportation. Jason often chides me for not dealing with the bus driver - frankly, it's not my job nor my right to directly confront an employee not doing their job. It is my right (yes, right) to report such behavior through appropriate channels (i.e. TriMet's Customer Service Department) and to demand that the department will route my concerns appropriately (which they consistently do not do, which means I have to keep up the pressure and make my complaints public through TriMet's communications channels.)That said...there is a problem at TriMet. I don't blame the Operators and other employees for the crap morale going on at the agency. The agency management does not care. McFarlane doesn't care. Why should an Operator care, if the bosses don't care?The losers are, of course, the public. The people who depend on and pay for the service...we are the losers. And frankly, that isn't right.
Go Lane! Thanks for posting his videos Al. Your faithful reader, Ron
and frankly there was one video where if I were the victim bus driver I would have called the police and had him cited for harassment and interfering with public transportation.If it's the video I'm thinking of (the fare worrier), 1) I admitted I did a rush job on it and wasn't as casual/calm as I could have been and 2) I got off her bus right when she asked.
asking a question is hardly interfering with public transportation.What we see in these videos is a PARANOID BUNCH OF BUS DRIVERS.The police would have laughed if that driver had called the police on Jason.Jason need to make no apologies and drivers have to wake up to the age of technology
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