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(Washington Post)   DC's Metro threatens man with "arrest, fines and imprisonment" for A) riding nude, B) preaching about end times via megaphone, or C) weeding, watering, or otherwise tending some flowers he planted at a station entrance   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 8
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2013-06-22 09:28:26 PM
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edmo: You can always tell a bloated agency by what they spend their time on.


WMATA, the organization that runs the metro, is chock full of nepotistic hires and barely literate staff.  It is literally a jobs program for the stupidest people DC has to offer.

It's a Washington Times series of articles, but the facts check out, and it's a great read if you want to know why the DC metro sucks so hard:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
2013-06-22 09:11:17 PM
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FTFA:The Israeli Embassy acknowledged that it has tolerated his plantings in security barriers on the street for four years.

If the Israelis don't have a problem with the guy I think the DC Metro should give him a break.
2013-06-23 01:36:23 AM
1 votes:
I take the Red Line five days a week.

 

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Best subway system in the country, bar none.



No.
2013-06-23 12:09:13 AM
1 votes:
FTFA:

In addition, Docter has told Metro that he's willing to use a harness as Metro workers do. He'd sign a liability waiver saying he wouldn't sue Metro if he's hurt.

Ask him to use a harness and sign the waiver.  Problem solved at near zero cost to taxpayer.  Station entrance looks nicer.  Everyone's a winner.
2013-06-22 11:45:42 PM
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El_Perro: edmo: You can always tell a bloated agency by what they spend their time on.

If you've ever seen the area where he planted these flowers, you'd understand. They're planted in a steep cobblestone embankment, alongside the top of one of the longest escalators in the Metro system. Allowing him to tend to the flowers is a lawsuit waiting to happen (especially since he informed them, in writing, of his intent to tend to the flowers)


Send him a legalese letter informing him they aren't responsible for injuries or problems caused by his activities, book it, done.
2013-06-22 11:19:54 PM
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Lsherm: edmo: You can always tell a bloated agency by what they spend their time on.

WMATA, the organization that runs the metro, is chock full of nepotistic hires and barely literate staff.  It is literally a jobs program for the stupidest people DC has to offer.

It's a Washington Times series of articles, but the facts check out, and it's a great read if you want to know why the DC metro sucks so hard:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


"If Caucasians or Hispanics want to put in for jobs, they have ample opportunity to apply - and once they become bus operators, they can go work in Southeast," she said

Wow.

For people that don't know DC, that is a threat.

It's saying "You want a job, and you're not black?  We'll place you in an underprivileged area where you'll likely have to deal with racial violence every day.  Sound good to you?"
2013-06-22 11:10:52 PM
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FrancoFile: (b) subway station managers who spend all day doing the crossword


It takes them all day to do the crossword? Now that's a scandal.
2013-06-22 11:05:39 PM
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I could see this being a security issue. If you're driving along the road in Afghanistan and see that someone has randomly dug up the side of the road to plant flowers, there's a good chance they put a bomb under them. If the metro police are being paranoid, they could think think this guy was plotting something similar at a major mass transit point.
 
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