What better way to close out National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7-15, than with the arrest of an “Ugly American” train passenger?
On Sunday, the last day of the annual recognition of this important industry, a woman who boarded Amtrak in Oakland, California talked on her cell phone non-top—apparently loudly—and was so disruptive that she brought the train to a halt in Salem, Oregon.
According to an article the woman ignored the announcements to all passengers that they were not to use their phones in the designated “quiet car.” The talker didn’t like a fellow passenger’s request that she hang it up. A “verbal altercation” ensued, police were called, and the “rules don’t apply to me” woman’s trip to Portland was cut short in Salem, where she was released to relatives.
Heading west early one morning a 30-something guy in the seat in front of me talked non-stop for a good hour, took a break, and made another, shorter call. He wasn’t shouting but he was audible beyond our immediate seating area, and the continual chatter was annoying. I couldn’t even eavesdrop because he was speaking another language. He detrained in Kalamazoo and the second half of the trip was blissfully quiet.
Ah, the joys of travel.