Monday, April 26, 2010
On Tuesday evening, at around 8:30, I was at the Bethesda station and wanted to use the restroom before finishing my commute to Columbia Heights.
I tapped on the booth window, and the attendant turned to me and grimaced, like WMATA employees always do upon realizing they will soon be asked to perform a task.
I smiled and asked "can I use the restroom?"
She huffed, turned her back to me and started typing on the computer again.
I stood at the window waiting for some indication that a plan was being set into motion that would lead to the restroom door being opened.
She glanced at me once again, closed some windows on the monitor and stood up. I moved back so she could open the door.
When she stepped out and growled "why the hell you still standing there?"
I was speechless.
I paused, trying to think of something to say, but the only words I could produce were "WOW. Excuse me?"
Her reply? "Yeah wow. What, I got to take you by the hand to the bathroom now? I was gonna be there in a minute to open the door."
Again, all I could say was "WOW!"
By this time, a handful of people were staring at her in disbelief from the other side of the turnstiles.
"What is your name?" I demanded, as she walked away from me. She huffed again and waved her hand in my direction like I was a bee, "it's on the booth."
I looked in all the windows but didn't see a sign with her name on it.
By the time I walked around the booth and down the hall toward her, she was already closing and re-locking the the door to the area with the restrooms.
I was now furious and didn't want to use the restroom anyway, so I turned and followed her.
As she climbed into her kiosk, I asked her for her name once more. She snatched a dirty blue piece of cardboard from the front window and shook it at me, then dropped it back into place. The dirty blue cardboard had her name, Johnson, written in lettering like a 3-year-old.
It could have only been less professional if had it been written in macaroni.
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