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Old 12-09-2005, 03:08 PM   #1
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Subway Rider Arrested/Cuffed For Helping Fellow Rider

Come on I would assume the man tried to explain and they still arrested him, he was just going to give the other person the token too

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ATLANTA - Transit police handcuffed and cited a man who sold a $1.75 subway token to another rider who was having trouble with a token vending machine. Transit authority spokeswoman Jocelyn Baker said Friday that the officer "acted within the law" after he spotted Donald Pirone, 42, selling the token Nov. 30 inside the West End subway station

Instead of giving Pirone a warning, the officer decided to handcuff him and give him the misdemeanor citation under a 1992 state law that bars passengers from selling Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority tokens, she said.

"What you've got to keep in mind is that fare abuse is a chronic problem," Baker said. "It costs MARTA millions of dollars every year."

Baker acknowledged that Pirone sold the token at face value and did not make a profit. But the law is the law, she said.

"There are customer service phones for people who are having trouble getting tokens out of the machine," Baker said. "The fact is, our officer acted within the law."

As for the handcuffs, Baker said the officer felt they were necessary.

"Our officers do that for their own safety," Baker said.

There was no answer Friday at a phone listed to a Donald V. Pirone in Atlanta. Pirone told WSB Radio that he was just trying to help a fellow passenger out who was having trouble with a token machine.

"I gave him a token and, I guess out of his generosity, he gave me the money for it," Pirone said. "But I didn't ask him for money."
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Well, this is one of those situations where we are faced with multiple problems, address them through various laws, regulations and procedures and then get an unintended result.

I'm sure charges will be dropped.
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Old 12-09-2005, 05:39 PM   #3
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You would think there are more pressing issues in the world or even just atlanta.

The part about calling the customer service line cracks me up. What an ass.
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Sounds like another big waste of time, money etc, practically everything.
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I agree with Dr. Teeth


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The administrative costs of processing this infraction will probably be ten times the stupid fare cost
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Re: Subway Rider Arrested/Cuffed For Helping Fellow Rider

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"There are customer service phones for people who are having trouble getting tokens out of the machine," Baker said. "The fact is, our officer acted within the law."


hahahahaha

Yes, asshole. There are customer service lines for about anything under the big blue sky.

And did anyone mention that it is the company´s problem if their ticket machines are not working. If I was that guy handcuffed, I would also spread that way of customer treatment in various media.
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