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Being in charge of a six- or eight-car train would be exciting enough for most people. Apparently, though, it’s not enough to keep some Metro employees occupied, because they keep getting caught distracting themselves behind the wheel. In 2009, a train operator was caught texting, while a bus driver was fired for the offense in 2010. And who can forget last year’s debate over what newspaper another bus driver was reading behind the wheel?
Unsuck D.C. Metro has the latest example, pictured above, of a driver using his phone while operating a train. It’s not clear whether the train was in motion, but the blurry view out the window suggests that it was.
Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says the operator was fired on March 27, according to the transit agency’s zero-tolerance policy on operators using electronic devices.
Photo courtesy Unsuck D.C. Metro