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.