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Old 06-07-2012, 03:53 PM
 
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They're overpaid ticket punchers, but I wouldn't want to work those overnight drunk trains.
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:56 PM
 
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I wouldnt either but they usually hide in their little cabin if its too rough
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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Why do you obsess so much about the LIRR conductors?
I see how their appearance and lack of manners may be hurting your aesthetic senses, but overall they are benign, harmless... compared to, say, a sloppy and/or ignorant physician, an apathetic teacher, a careless builder/contractor, a corrupt financial adviser etc.
On some level, be glad that this type of people have decided to take on a job that has little impact on your well-being (except for those hurt aesthetic senses ).

As for the "thank you" - yes, politeness is always pleasant, but you are not doing them a favor by showing your ticket, so why get so upset with the lack of vocalized gratitude.
For the most part, I get pleasantly surprised if people show gratitude and manners, but not particularly upset if someone did not thank me for holding the door, if I did not get a "thank you" card for the gift I gave them etc. We do the things we do out of internal convictions, not for the thank you (at least for me).
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:25 PM
 
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I expect..as should you...that if you are using a service or purchasing an item from an establishment that their employees should have the common courtesy of saying thank you. I am not doing them a favor by showing my ticket, that is my responsibility, as it is theirs to request ticket presentation. As the face of the railroad, they should be told to say thank you to the riders for using the LIRR and presenting the ticket. That is common customer service.

And yes it does disturb me that some employees, such as the LIRR conductors, have taken to dressing in a slovenly manner. I cant do it at work and Im sure you cant either..there is no excuse for the severe decline in the personal appearance of LIRR conductors.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:53 PM
 
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So because he hates it he goes to work dressed like a bum and doesnt provide a high level of customer service?
Im not defending him.

Im just telling you that despite all the glamour rumours.

The job blows.

Crooks
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:36 PM
 
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I guess you generally accept setting the bar low. No high expectations of yours to be ruined.
What specific complaint do you have about what they do?
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:56 PM
 
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***hisses teeth** MTA already has your $$$. Not surprise it's on the Babylon line. Most of those passengers belong in a trailer park, hence the conductors behavior.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:13 PM
 
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***hisses teeth** MTA already has your $$$. Not surprise it's on the Babylon line. Most of those passengers belong in a trailer park, hence the conductors behavior.
Trailer Park..those are only the people that transfer from Suffolk
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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Im not defending him.

Im just telling you that despite all the glamour rumours.

The job blows.

Crooks
The job blows?? Yes, they have to deal with dirtbags but not on the commuter trains. I guess many conductors dont have the option of just dealing with the 9 to 5 crowd. I certainly wouldnt want that job with the drunks or the Rangers fans but they certainly get compensated enough to do it.

I think if many conductors cleaned up there act and dressed appropriately and acted like a good ole Pennsy trainman...showing that they run those trains..even the worst would show them more respect.

I came in yesterday with a conductor with an un-ironed long sleeve shirt rolled up to his elbows, unshaved, with pants that havent been laundered in weeks. Is that how the LIRR wants to present itself? Do you think anyone is going to show respect to someone who is dressed like that.

20 years ago those trainmen were professionals....and dressed like it.
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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I think if many conductors cleaned up there act and dressed appropriately and acted like a good ole Pennsy trainman...showing that they run those trains..even the worst would show them more respect.
LMAO! They will get more respect from drunks, and and all the rude people because they are dressed nice?
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