Loud cell-phone talker removed from quiet car by police

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A woman who was escorted off an Amtrak train by police this weekend after she allegedly refused to stop talking loudly on her cell-phone has the Internet cheering her fate.

Civilians and quiet-car champions are supporting her ejection for violating policy at high volume during the 16-hour journey. It doesn't help her cause that she became belligerent when confronted about it by one of her fellow passengers.

KOMO News reports that Lakeysha Beard says she felt "disrespected" by the incident, though passengers said it was Beard who was being rude by refusing to stop yapping while sitting in one of the train's designated quiet cars. She had not stopped talking since the train pulled out of Oakland, California, 16 hours before it reached Salem, Oregon, when a passenger confronted her about the talking. That's when Beard got "aggressive," KATU reports, and conductors stopped the train so that police could remove her and charge her with disorderly conduct.

Amtrak created quiet cars in 2001 when a group of passengers who rode the Philadelphia to D.C. route every morning asked if they could reserve a car where cell-phone loudmouths weren't welcome. Ever since, the rare havens of quiet have become a battlefield between silence-loving rule-followers and rebellious cell-phone addicts. Gawker suggested, not without a dose of sincerity, that the cops who removed Beard from the train were heroes, and that Beard should be charged with "unspeakable crimes against humanity and sentenced to life on some distant planet where there are no reception bars, ever."

According to a very scientific reader poll at The Huffington Post, 77 percent of people were happy the woman was hauled off the train. And CNN personality Anderson Cooper blasted the woman on his "ridiculist" last night, asking "What could someone possibly talk about for 16 hours?" He even compared being stuck on the train with a person who would do such a thing to the "fifth circle of hell."

The Internet is full of tales of innocent people's quiet-car journeys being marred by loud passengers who ignore the rules. An Israeli blogger with a PhD in conflict resolution wrote a lengthy post about the best way to get a fellow passenger to shut up without starting World War III. "Always assume the transgressor is ignorant, not arrogant. This way you won't feel wronged and can communicate your message with less contempt and hostility," he suggests.

Meanwhile writer Christopher Buckley, a self-described quiet car Nazi, wonders why there would be any confusion as to the correct behavior in that part of the train: "The Quiet Car does not hide its light under a bushel. Prominent and explicit signs hang from the ceiling at five-foot intervals. They declare, unequivocally, that NO CELL PHONES ARE PERMITTED and that conversation must be kept to a minimum and in hushed tones."

In a video taken of Beard's removal from the train, she appears to be quietly cooperating with the officers. You can watch, below: (follow the link at the top of this post)


Thoughts? I'm really busy so I'll come back later with mine, I just wanted to get this posted :)


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Elisabeth - posted on 05/19/2011




Mobile phones were the beginning of the end of personal space.

It irritates as well as amuses me (depending on my mood for the day, lol) that in our modern age it is rare to be able to meet up for a cuppa without your friend texting or answering their phone, to go grocery shopping without people yapping away in the aisles, to attend a wedding/funeral/presentation without having to hear (sometimes) ridiculous ring tones etc etc.

It almost feels like it was a lifetime ago that when you met a friend for a cuppa that you got to spend that time with them and not the top of their head while they sit and text, that when you did your groceries you knew if somebody asked a question then they were actually speaking to you and not the invisible person on the other end of their phone, and you could attend a function and know that even if the audience wasn't happy to be there, they at least pretended to be!

I personally still haven't found a reason to have to use a mobile so I'm still quite good at respecting personal space and I'm really attentive if you have a cuppa with me ;-)

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Where I live we have quiet carriages on trains and the people in them are quite happy to tell anyone breaching the policy to shut up. Fair enough xoxo

Stifler's - posted on 05/19/2011




BAHAHAHAHAH. What a douche. She deserved it. I hate loud people on their phone as if anyone cares about their conversation, and like in the quiet car? Go in the other cars!

Lacye - posted on 05/18/2011




You ladies have already said everything that I want to say. Darn it! lol. Yeah. The woman got what she deserved. Now the entire world knows how rude she is.

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Well, I agree with all you ladies! lol. They're called "quiet cars" for a REASON! She totally deserved what she got and I think there should have been more charges... Not sure WHAT charges though... Hmmm...

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Good ! Glad she got thrown out. I wish it would happen to more people.

I had a woman behind me at the bank on pay day yapping about her daughter and the clothes she just bought here etc etc. i then realized it was the bimbo from work. By the time she was done talking the whole bank knew EVERYTHING about her daughter. And of course I had to put my 2 cents in by loudly announcing how annoying it was listening to her. I had the teller burst out laughing. It was great and I hope i embarrased the bimbo on the phone.

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I saw this article on Yahoo earlier and wanted to stand up and applaud lol Especially since she was on the "quiet" car. And also, what the hell could she and someone else have to talk about for SIXTEEN HOURS????

Lady Heather - posted on 05/18/2011




Learn how to text lady. Or sit in another car. That drives me bananas.

I remember this one time I was on a quiet car with my uncle heading to London and this guy was yakking away. So this other man comes up and tells him to stop talking but in this super-polite-but-kind-of-snarky-at-the-same-time way that only the English can pull off and there was this hilarious back and forth argument that was like something out of a sitcom. So then my uncle is like "Pardon me gentlemen, but this discussion you are having is at least as disturbing as a phone call" and then they tried to involve him. omg people are so entertaining.

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Thank god she was removed from the train. To bad they didn't do it sooner. And if she or anyone else doesn't like it then to damn bad. I have a cell phone as our main phone. Does that mean I have to go yapping on it whenever, where ever, and with no respect for anyone around me? No. I say charge her with as much as they can and set an example with her.

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Lol..oh i have heard all sorts by loud talkers i tell you..crazy stuff.People have no shame, or do the get so lost in talking they forget we can all hear what there saying lol:-PI just laugh, half the time its hilarious to ease drop, well i mean its hard not to.I agree in following the rules, so she got what was coming to her...tut tut.

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