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(WTOP)   Yes, Washington DC, sometimes you *can* be too drunk to ride the Metro   (wtop.com) divider line 26
    More: Dumbass, Washington DC, WMATA, Metro, Metro Transit Police, electrocution, L'Enfant Plaza, Branch Avenue  
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3269 clicks; posted to Main » on 30 Dec 2013 at 10:21 AM (16 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-12-30 08:40:01 AM
FTA:
Spokesman Phillip Stewart says this is the second incident at L'Enfant in recent weeks where intoxicated people have injured themselves. Out of all stations, it's the sixth.
"There is such a thing as too drunk to ride. The Metrorail system can pose a serious hazard for highly intoxicated people, including falls onto the tracks, falls from escalators or walls, and electrocution. If you are unable to maintain balance, walk properly or exercise good judgement, you are better off taking a cab home," Stewart said in an emailed statement.



Either Washington has a much different standard on its taxi drivers than out here or Stewart honestly doesn't know that most taxi drivers will not take somebody intoxicated who cannot physically make it into the cab for liability concerns.
 
2013-12-30 08:50:40 AM

pueblonative: most taxi drivers will not take somebody intoxicated who cannot physically make it into the cab for liability concerns.


Those liability concerns translate as "I do not want to clean your farking puke out of my back seat."

I've sometimes wondered about those parapet walls in some Metro stations, though. It's almost like they were deliberately built at just slightly below the height of an average person's waist in order to maximize the leverage effect if you were to topple into one.
 
2013-12-30 08:57:35 AM

Pocket Ninja: Those liability concerns translate as "I do not want to clean your farking puke out of my back seat."


That too.

Still if you don't have the money for a cab, there are no cab coupons the bar is handing out and you can't take the cab and don't want to drive drunk, you...what?  sit and wait to sober up or for the police to arrest you for public drunkenness.

/remember a couple picked up for public drunkenness for waiting for a cab
//it's why I do all my major drinking at home
///slashies is for threes.
 
2013-12-30 10:05:08 AM
I am stunned that the guy who went over the top of the escalator and past the retaining wall is still alive.
 
2013-12-30 10:25:15 AM
My moderately sized city has no usable public transit system, and few cabs.  Problem solved.

/Friday night drunk driver dodging is my favorite hobby
 
2013-12-30 10:25:21 AM
Still no intoxication limit if you are driving the Metro.

/it's on tracks. what could go wrong?
 
2013-12-30 10:26:45 AM

Pocket Ninja: pueblonative: most taxi drivers will not take somebody intoxicated who cannot physically make it into the cab for liability concerns.

Those liability concerns translate as "I do not want to clean your farking puke out of my back seat."

I've sometimes wondered about those parapet walls in some Metro stations, though. It's almost like they were deliberately built at just slightly below the height of an average person's waist in order to maximize the leverage effect if you were to topple into one.


seriously, they always seemed really dangerous to me.
 
2013-12-30 10:34:22 AM

Katie98_KT: Pocket Ninja: pueblonative: most taxi drivers will not take somebody intoxicated who cannot physically make it into the cab for liability concerns.

Those liability concerns translate as "I do not want to clean your farking puke out of my back seat."

I've sometimes wondered about those parapet walls in some Metro stations, though. It's almost like they were deliberately built at just slightly below the height of an average person's waist in order to maximize the leverage effect if you were to topple into one.

seriously, they always seemed really dangerous to me.


At least they put those projections on the escalator "counter" (I am certain there is a magnificent technical term) at Rosslyn to make sliding down that metal difficult, if not obviously painful.
 
2013-12-30 10:41:10 AM
Last time I was in DC I found myself too drunk to leave the hotel room.   But a few minutes later the desire for a cheeseburger helped me leave the room and cross the street to get one.    No way I could have made it to the metro at the time.
 
2013-12-30 10:42:26 AM
that rocking motion the train makes used to make me nauseous when I was drunk. But if you timed it right, you could run onto the platform, puke in a trashcan without making a mess and be back on the train before it pulled out. But then they installed those bomb-proof trash bins and now you'd have to turn your head sideways and get your head all the way inside the trashcan. It just isn't really practical. I live downtown now though... so I can walk home from most bars I frequent in the city.
 
2013-12-30 10:43:21 AM

Pocket Ninja: I've sometimes wondered about those parapet walls in some Metro stations, though. It's almost like they were deliberately built at just slightly below the height of an average person's waist in order to maximize the leverage effect if you were to topple into one.


A few months back they found a dead guy back there.
 
2013-12-30 10:44:05 AM
I am more concerned about falling asleep while on the train.
 
2013-12-30 10:45:19 AM
It's too expensive to get drunk in DC.
 
2013-12-30 10:52:06 AM

INeedAName: It's too expensive to get drunk in DC.


Oh never go to a bar there, the liquor store is a bit more than other cities but not much.   The expensive part is finding bottled water.
 
2013-12-30 11:14:39 AM
I was freaked the f--k out while riding one of those escalators while I was stone cold sober.

www.genderacrossborders.com

And I'm not normally afraid of heights.  But I'm seriously amazed people don't fall down those things more often.  I was already kind of woozy from the goddamn heat and humidity and ended up gripping the lack of a better term handrail for dear life.
 
2013-12-30 11:28:44 AM
As long as he still has his keys and can find his car, I don't see a problem with this.

OK, I actually do see a problem here. Several actually.
 
2013-12-30 11:34:47 AM
Unobtanium:

At least they put those projections on the escalator "counter" (I am certain there is a magnificent technical term) at Rosslyn to make sliding down that metal difficult, if not obviously painful.

I've always wanted to see someone ride a skateboard or something down those. Wonder if they'd make it...
 
2013-12-30 11:43:38 AM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: I was freaked the f--k out while riding one of those escalators while I was stone cold sober.

[www.genderacrossborders.com image 466x599]

And I'm not normally afraid of heights.  But I'm seriously amazed people don't fall down those things more often.  I was already kind of woozy from the goddamn heat and humidity and ended up gripping the lack of a better term handrail for dear life.


It's totally awesome when they are broken, too.

Is that Dupont Circle?
 
2013-12-30 12:03:02 PM

kbronsito: that rocking motion the train makes used to make me nauseous when I was drunk. But if you timed it right, you could run onto the platform, puke in a trashcan without making a mess and be back on the train before it pulled out. But then they installed those bomb-proof trash bins and now you'd have to turn your head sideways and get your head all the way inside the trashcan. It just isn't really practical. I live downtown now though... so I can walk home from most bars I frequent in the city.


There have been a few times where I've been riding metro late at night and someone will run off the train to take a quick piss and barely make it back on the train before the doors closed.  One time the guy's horse was still out of the barn.

There was also the time the couple at the far end of my car decided to "make sexy time" on the ride out to the Eisenhower stop from L'Enfant.

The depravity in metro around 2:30 a.m. is definitely something to be witnessed.
 
2013-12-30 02:35:14 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: I was freaked the f--k out while riding one of those escalators while I was stone cold sober.

[www.genderacrossborders.com image 466x599]

And I'm not normally afraid of heights.  But I'm seriously amazed people don't fall down those things more often.  I was already kind of woozy from the goddamn heat and humidity and ended up gripping the lack of a better term handrail for dear life.


 The you would love the Atlanta Peachtree Center Escalator - White hospital tile with black grout, parallel to the escalator handrail slope. The vertigo is amazing. This picture doesn't do it justice.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-30 02:47:08 PM

Pocket Ninja: pueblonative: most taxi drivers will not take somebody intoxicated who cannot physically make it into the cab for liability concerns.

Those liability concerns translate as "I do not want to clean your farking puke out of my back seat."


Many cities allow taxis to charge hefty cleanup fees (e.g. $100 in Austin) if a passenger vomits.
 
2013-12-30 02:53:06 PM

Unobtanium: StreetlightInTheGhetto: I was freaked the f--k out while riding one of those escalators while I was stone cold sober.

[www.genderacrossborders.com image 466x599]

And I'm not normally afraid of heights.  But I'm seriously amazed people don't fall down those things more often.  I was already kind of woozy from the goddamn heat and humidity and ended up gripping the lack of a better term handrail for dear life.

 The you would love the Atlanta Peachtree Center Escalator - White hospital tile with black grout, parallel to the escalator handrail slope. The vertigo is amazing. This picture doesn't do it justice.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 540x720]


WHY WOULD SOMEONE DO THIS
 
2013-12-30 03:52:28 PM

TheYeti: StreetlightInTheGhetto: I was freaked the f--k out while riding one of those escalators while I was stone cold sober.

[www.genderacrossborders.com image 466x599]

And I'm not normally afraid of heights.  But I'm seriously amazed people don't fall down those things more often.  I was already kind of woozy from the goddamn heat and humidity and ended up gripping the lack of a better term handrail for dear life.

It's totally awesome when they are broken, too.

Is that Dupont Circle?


I'm guessing Dupont too.
 
2013-12-30 04:50:41 PM

TheYeti: StreetlightInTheGhetto: I was freaked the f--k out while riding one of those escalators while I was stone cold sober.

[www.genderacrossborders.com image 466x599]

And I'm not normally afraid of heights.  But I'm seriously amazed people don't fall down those things more often.  I was already kind of woozy from the goddamn heat and humidity and ended up gripping the lack of a better term handrail for dear life.

It's totally awesome when they are broken, too.

Is that Dupont Circle?


Looks like Rosslyn to me, but I don't think I have ever got on/off at DuPont Circle
 
2013-12-30 07:19:36 PM

Petit_Merdeux: Still no intoxication limit if you are driving the Metro.

/it's on tracks. what could go wrong?


Remember when it was on tracks AND driven by a computer?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/metro/red-line-crash/cr as h.html
 
2013-12-30 11:56:51 PM

INeedAName: It's too expensive to get drunk in DC.


Nope, you just need to know where the broke interns go to drink. There are great happy hours near Capitol Hill.
 
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