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Toronto the Not in a Death Spiral

January 23rd, 2010

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A TTC union reacted to the media firestorm over a napping collector yesterday by criticizing the rider who took the photo, even as a second photograph of another sleeping TTC collector emerged.

“It is very discouraging that the picture taker and, apparently, other customers made no attempt to determine of there was anything wrong with this TTC employee (George Robitaille)” said Bob Kinnear, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union.

ttc_man_sleepingLeaving aside that it’s possible people could see evidence of life, the chest moving the nostrils in and outing that sort of thing. Leave aside that a man that size, with his head at that angle was probably snoring like Fred Flinstone on a camping trip. Ignore the fact that people having heart attacks don’t rest their hands on their stomachs but grab their chest. The reason they know he is not “unconscious as a result of some medical problem,” is that people stroking out don’t stop and put a piece of cardboard over the money slot so that nobody will bother them while they die.

So question for Bob Kinnear, who does have a legal responsibility to give this guy full and effective representation. To paraphrase Jack Nicolson: Please tell me you have something more. Please tell me his representation hasn’t pinned their hopes on a catastrophic medical situation.

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  1. Joe
    January 23rd, 2010 at 18:46 | #1

    Well of course there was something wrong, THE CLOWN WAS SLEEPING ON THE JOB!!!!

  2. Mark
    January 23rd, 2010 at 19:55 | #2

    Kinnear is a smarmy guy who somehow out-negotiated Miller’s fools and this is the result. Great job Miller, we now pay more to ride the Subway and the Union are not just laughing all the way to the bank they are sleeping their way there too.

  3. January 25th, 2010 at 23:38 | #3

    LOL great post, thanks!

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