From reader Emmaleigh504:
I think people are starting to lose it on Metro. Here's my story. I've sent it to Metro, but not sure what they can do besides start running the trains at normal speeds again--or handing out Valium and Xanax.
I think the Red Line commute is devolving into Lord of the Flies.
The Red Line has been super slow and crowded since the accident. I've worked out a little system to get to work sort of on time. I get on at Woodley Park, go up to Tenleytown, then catch a train to Gallery Place/Chinatown. It has been working pretty well. Not so yesterday.
When unloading at Gallery Place there was some pushing. Heck, even when nothing is wrong, there is some pushing involved to get off the train. The man in front of me totally lost his cool. He said something about all the pushing, turned around, looked me in the eye, and called me a "God damned bitch." I wasn't even touching him; I was pushing the girl in front of me.
I was shocked. I think everyone else was a little surprised too. A guy next to me hit the metro-rage guy with his newspaper and said something I couldn't quite get. Then I recovered and started yelling obscenities at the metro-rage guy. I was pissed! The guy with the newspaper made metro-rage guy apologize, but I was too pissed and told him to f off.
Later, downstairs waiting for my next train, the metro-rage guy came back to apologize, but he wasn't even sure I was the chick he yelled at! That's when I got a good look at him. It dawned on me that he looked a lot like the guy I saw the day before who pushed a girl off a train before the doors closed. He pushed her pretty hard. It would have been a tight squeeze for her to stay on without getting in the way of the doors, but she would have fit.
To top it all off, even though I gave myself an extra hour to get to work, I was still late.
Have you seen or been a victim of rail rage?
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