Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Train passenger Lakeysha Beard boarded an Amtrak QUIET CAR on Sunday in Oakland and then proceeded to squawk into her cell phone non-stop for the next 16 hours. 16 HOURS!!!!! From Gawker:
After several passengers asked her, pleaded with her — begged her just out a sense of basic human decency — to stop yelling at the top of her lungs into the greasy little piece of plastic wedged inside her clammy paw, she completely ignored them. Then, a passenger who had reached the breaking point finally mustered the courage to stand up to her. So Beard "got aggressive."

Conductors eventually stopped the train, where police were waiting to escort Ms. Beard off. Gawker:
She was later charged with unspeakable crimes against humanity and sentenced to life on some distant planet where there are no reception bars, ever. (Or maybe it was just a disorderly conduct charge.)

As a periodic Amtrak traveler, this story makes my skin crawl. I once took the train from New York to New Orleans (a 30+ hour trip!), and the man behind me didn't shut up the ENTIRE time. He liked chatting up the ladies, dontcha know.



Big Mark 243 said...

See, and I am NOT lying... I would have had to tell that woman to shut the eff up!

As far as the 'ladies man'... he prolly hadn't had any cootie since he popped out of one... that is why he was chatting up women... it was the closest he had been to any since birth..!

froggy said...

Okay, I have questions. Who has a 16 hour charge on their phone? Or do they have charge-y stations in your chair like they have airline music or movie phones?
If they don't then you have to think she's bonkers and wonder if the police hauled her off for a medical eval.

David Dust said...

Froggy -

Amtrak trains have electrical outlet strips which run the length of each passenger car. So charging a cell is just a matter of plugging in right at your seat.


froggy said...

ak, whose bright idea was that?!!
Haven't been on a passenger train since I was in elementary school riding between Seattle and Vancouver BC.

Kailyn said...

"She boarded the train in Oakland." Nuff said. I cannot begin to count the number of times I've been at a movie during which someone was on their phone. It's become kind of normal around here.

designing wally said...

We are trying to have a civilization over here....
Perhaps she should move to the Upper East Side?

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