Thursday, November 19, 2009
Meet "A.M. Haynes."
He's an a**hole.
And just after this pic was snapped, he gave us the finger.
Haynes was the station manager at Clarendon at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. As we entered the station, we saw him giving grief to someone whose farecard wasn't working. We didn't interfere and kept walking down to the platform.
After getting there and finding the next train was coming in 20 minutes, we decided to see how Mr. Haynes would react to a simple, friendly question that would require no work from him other than speaking a few words.
The door to his kiosk was open so we approached.
"How often do the trains come?" we asked in a completely pleasant tone.
"It come when it come," he said rudely, and turning his back. Obviously, Haynes was more interested in drinking his ginormous coffee.
"No, seriously, how often do they come at this time of night?" we asked, still being polite.
"Get the f**k out my door!" he barked. Adding a "F**k y'all" for good measure.
Give that man a raise!
Mr. Haynes has no business dealing with customers. None!
When we got back to East Falls Church, good ol' Khalil was kicked back in his fortress of solitude, so we decided to ask him the same question to see how he compared.
"Every 20 minutes," Khalil said matter of factly.
Wow! It's a challenge to make Khalil look good, but you did it, Mr. Haynes.
And then, on the other side of the coin, there's this guy from reader Matthew:
On the morning of Nov. 16 at Gallery Place/Chinatown, I was doing my normal transfer from the Yellow Line to the Red Line. A mass of us were working our way up the escalator trying to make it to the train on the platform. A few people started running when I saw the lights on the door flashing, indicating the doors were about to close.
No one was close to making it. The doors closed, and then the something amazing happened.
The train operator, realizing no one was on the train opened the doors back up and allowed us all to get on.
Not sure if he was a "rogue" operator or someone who finally gets it. Either way, nice job to that guy.
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