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Old 06-07-2012, 12:42 PM
 
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A comment on the "feed the meter" thread about conductors got me to thinking about that storied group of trainmen and train women.

let's not discuss that they may (or may not be) overpaid. Let us discuss their work demeanour and appearance.

With over 20 years riding the rails I have noticed that conductors of late are slovenly and unprofessional. Their uniforms are dirty, unpressed, and some look like they were slept in. I remember when I started commuting most conductors took pride in their uniform...it was crisp and clean everyday. I suppose those were the older guys who started under the Pennsy RR.

Now how about they also go back to customer courtesy training. How many don't even mutter a thank you when you show them your ticket? How many look at you like they cant stand doing their job?

I have nothing against conductors. They are helpful when asked. Some are quite friendly but the majority need to realize they are the face of the LIRR and should present themselves as proud and dignified trainmen and women.

And lets not get on about women conductors. I don't know if the LIRR has a policy on the type of woman they will hire for the LIRR but some are surely in need a make-over. The majority seem quite overweight with little sense of how to apply make-up or do their hair. They don't need to look like flight attendants but they do need to look professional.

So what say you fellow commuters...do the LIRR conductors need some serious retraining or maybe...the LIRR management needs to do their job better?

Last edited by Gpsma; 06-07-2012 at 01:21 PM.. Reason: Because Crooks said so...
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Monotony does a great job on them (hey I used that word twice today)

Most commuters just "put their head down" until they get to their destination. The conductors are fine in just doing their job like a robot... which leads to that other topic.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Village of Patchogue, NY
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what line are you on?
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:01 PM
 
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babylon
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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Monotony does not cause wrinkled shirts and unshined shoes.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:05 PM
 
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They're angry because they aren't going to be able to pull off the phony "disability" pension scams that all of their predecessors did.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:10 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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I have notice conductors being sloppy all over this region , one slapped a passenger the other day...and another was in the back cab acting like he was the engineer...
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:15 PM
 
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Slapped a passenger? For what? Good way to lose your job. In all fairness, I have seen the LIRR conductors take a lot of verbal abuse from passengers and deal with it very well. I dont know if I would be so patient.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:18 PM
 
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Behaviour?
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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Perhaps I should have used appearance. Thank you so much my good friend for pointing out that deficiency.

Have you taken the LIRR lately? and what is your opinion
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