Saturday went a bit mental, it seemed that at least once an hour we were getting “platforms and hold” calls from Wood Lane for defective trains or handles down. In addition we were told to go Coded Manual LEY to MIE in both directions and approach STR “with more vigilance” because of a reported suicidal male at STR, one reason why PEDs will be a necessity if/when they start running driverless trains.
One of the calls turned out to be quite interesting; apparently some charming gentleman started racially abusing a fellow passenger, something there seems to have been a lot of recently. Rather than sitting back and taking it the target of the racist diatribe punched their abuser in the face causing a certain amount of blood loss. When the train reached MIE he staggered off the train and then started abusing the Station Super who’d come to help out before making his escape.
Unlike other recent incidents of racial abuse it doesn’t seem that that anyone bothered to film this on their mobile and stick it up on YouTube but I’ll keep an eye out as this one would probably be quite amusing. Not that violence is the answer but some people thoroughly deserve what they get.