I can’t even lie, the last time I rode on a MARTA (Metro Atlanta Transit Authority) bus was during Goodie Mob’s Bus Tour for their reunion concert but I’ve heard some pretty crazy things go on every day.
You would never believe the amount of tomfoolery that occurs on the regular on Atlanta’s public transportation. Hell… I live here and I don’t believe it. But thankfully, there are those who are willing to share those moments with us through the use of current technology… i.e. cell phone video.
In a recent episode of “MARTA Bus Gone Wild”, a patron of the Metro Atlanta Transit Authority gets upset after a young women spurns his advances.
The two loudly trade insults with each other during the route, with the man proclaiming… “I can pull B*tches any day of the week… what I care about you?”
Another woman intercepts the conversation and then he goes in on her. The trio continue hurling insults even as they notice there are small children around. At some point, the man stands up and approaches one of the ladies and swings at her… then all hell breaks loose on the bus!
To their credit, other men on the bus come to the young lady’s aid and beat the breaks off the man, who is promptly thrown off the bus.
The MARTA train operator who was caught texting and driving by a concerned twitterer (who captured the moment via the TwitPic above) *cough* <it wasn’t me!> has been suspended for three days (with pay?):
A MARTA suspended a rail conductor caught texting recently while at the controls of a train.
The conductor will be off the job for three days, the maximum penalty MARTA can impose, according to transit officials.
A MARTA rider posted photos on Twitter of the conductor text messaging while operating a train.
MARTA officials said they are reviewing current policies on texting in light of similar problems that caused serious crashes in other cities.
Safety on the train is a big deal….but so is twitter. Don’t sleep on it! No one is safe from the tweets. 😆
Twitter recently got a MARTA Train Driver in trouble after one of it’s users twitpic’d (i.e. took a photo) of him alledgedly texting while operating the train. Talk about BIG BROTHER is watching!! Nowadays, there’s not much you can get away with without someone behind you sneaking to take a photo to post it online. It also appears that the AJC is following the route of us bloggers and are quickly picking up newstips from the social network. I know…it’s really not that unusual at all, but I just found it amusing that the reporter even referenced MARTA’s twitter statement as their official response:
A statement that MARTA posted on Twitter following the AJC’s inquiries added: “The safety and security of our patrons is MARTA’s first and foremost concern. Texting while operating a MARTA vehicle is against company policy. MARTA takes the allegations implied by this photo of a train operator texting while operating a train very seriously … appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken upon the conclusion of the investigation.” (source)
And let’s not forget V-103’s Greg Street’s very public twitter saga where he mentioned an episode that occured in an Atlanta nightclub and was suspended for a week after his employer, CBS Radio claimed his twitter was disrespectful to one of it’s advertisers. Shoot! And you thought multi-media text messages were bad….wait til the Twitter/TwitPic brigade gets a hold of you stealing copy paper or better yet…cheatin’ on your spouse! This ish is at a whole nutha level….
All charges have been dropped against Nafiza Ziyad, the young lady who was filmed harrassing an elderly lady on a MARTA train and given the nickname “Soulja Girl”. Ziyad appeared in Dekalb County court and testified about getting help for her mental disorder and getting her life in order. The judge dismissed all criminal charges and referred the young lady to mental health court where she will continue to get treatment and receive counseling. For once the “system” got it right…