The other day, I was riding the PATH Train from New Jersey to Manhattan and the Conductor — he’s the guy who manages opening and closing the doors and making announcements while the Engineers “drives” the train — came up to an Asian couple and demanded the woman delete the photograph of the train she took right before boarding. The woman was confused and embarrassed, but she followed the order and the Conductor watched her remove the photograph from her cellphone. If she’d been using a traditional film camera, would the Conductor have confiscated her entire film roll? The woman’s boyfriend took a more aggressive perch, and said, “There are no signs prohibiting taking pictures.”
The Conductor brusquely retorted, “There are signs everywhere. Look for them.” Then the Conductor left the car. A few minutes passed and the Conductor came running back into our car to retrieve the train keys he’d left dangling in the control panel switchbox so he could bawl out the woman. I thought to myself, “Which is a greater threat to the people riding a PATH train? A tourist taking a photograph, or a Conductor who leaves his keys behind for the taking?”
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