Recently, the Washington Post reported what happens to an operator who doesn't appear to have wanted to complete his shift, but what about one that can't seem to wake up to start his?
In all fairness, the guy wasn't technically on the job at the time the photo was taken--we guess--so we won't use his name, but still, you have to admire his ability to sleep through the paging, those static blaring radios AND passengers trying to wake him up!
Well played, good sir!
Here's the story from reader Hayley:
The other morning, I encountered a sleeping Metro employee, upon boarding a Red Line train at Friendship Heights. Normally, I'd ignore this, however, the train operator started paging a "train operator S." to report to her.
In addition, his radio was loudly paging him, from what I assume was central control.
You can see him sleeping, face against the radio, in the picture.
Assuming that this might have been Mr. S., I tried to wake him up, practically screaming "Sir, excuse me, sir!" repeatedly.
He didn't wake up.
Other passengers were laughing at his sleeping and my trying to wake him.
He finally woke up at Dupont Circle Station, refreshed from his nap.
I had to ask if he was S.-- a fact which he confirmed. I told him he'd been paged for about the last 10 minutes, and he better call in.
I got off the train after that, so I don't know what happened next.
And from reader Chad:
At 10 p.m. on Oct. 17, I snapped this photo of the Archives station manager asleep. He did not stir until two women woke him up to ask questions about the station closings that weekend.
I wish I got to sleep on the job.
Remember this guy? And this guy?
Maybe a 3 percent raise each year over the next three years would help keep them stimulated. The union asked for more.
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