Crappy Service on the Red Line

When you gotta go, you gotta go

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    TK
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    "Hey, I'll be back in 20 minutes."

    Hey, it's all happened to us.  You're sitting at your desk, plugging away mindlessly at a spreadsheet then 'BAM!', that tingling little feeling and you're instantly regretting that all-Vegan lunch you just had.

    But what if you're the Cap'n of a Metro train?  What do you do then?

    If you were the guy piloting the Red Line at 11:24 p.m. last Monday, you just leave the train idling on the platform while you do whatever it is you need to do to make yourself feel better, reports the Washington Post.

    The Metrorail operator was eight stops away from the end of the line when he made his pitstop.  But 15 minutes later, he was still nowhere to be found, and the passengers were still stuck waiting.

    Another train was able to pick up the passengers to bring them on their way, but when the operator returned, he refused to finish his route.  He claimed that it was time for him to go off-duty for the night.  (Which raises the question:  how long was the guy actually in there, and what book was he reading?)

    Now he's on paid administrative leave and free to take as many breaks for as long as he wants -- at least 'til his wife knocks on the door.