Cliffy plans trip to Poland to take on their rail staff...

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For those of you who don't know, and so as this makes at least a little bit of sense, I work on the trains here in blighty....Kind of like a security guard, but with more interpersonal skills, lol.

Ok so it was the end of my shift and I was looking forward to sorting the paperwork out and jumping on my train home...Why is it nothing's ever that simple when you really want it to be? We had just arrived at a suburban London station when we were advised Station Assistant that three "Eastern European" males had got on the train and that they were pushing and shoving passengers about on the platform. We let the train continue and said we'd keep an eye on them. Anyway, long story short, after discussing with them that Oyster prepay (a sort of top-up card used for travel around London) isn't valid on our services, and after them all saying that they didn't understand English (which I strongly believe they did), they started arguing (I think) in their own language, one thing led to another, and next thing ya know they're trying to kill each other!

So I'm wrestling with one rather large guy (I'm only littlle so anything over 5'8" is an achievement, lol) and pulling him off his 'mate', while two of my colleagues try to restore order elsewhere in the carriage. At this point I thought we'd got the situation under control. I was wrong. I shouted over to my colleague to have the train held at the next station and asked the other one to call BTP (British Transport Police). So anyway, one guy stands up and starts hurling abuse at me for instigating the fight and telling me that I won't be holding the train up and that we should have just let them "get on with it". I couldn't really believe what he'd just said so I tried my best to ignor him until we arrived at our next stop....He wasn't having any of this and when we stopped he eventually picked a fight with the guy I had pinned to a chair at this stage (it was in his best interest....).

This 'blog' will end soon...I promise ...At this point punches were being thrown left right and centre (none by us...We're far too proffesional for that, lol) and the 'innocent' member of public who had himself enflamed the problem, had taken a few hits. We eventually got the three men off the train and left the other guy on it (although in hind-sight I would have dragged him off too because it was him who caused further big problems). Security were promptly on the platform (luckily two of the better guys). Metropolitan Police (London's main Police force) turned up shortly afterwards and arrested one of the guys, but let the other two go out a different exit and just assumed we'd escort them I think. BTP turned up fasionably late but not too late so as to miss the asailants leave (they tried to have words with them...). In total the train was delayed by about 5-minutes I believe, but it was a LONG 5-minutes, lol. I believe the train Guard was fairly new to the job....What must he think of the company, lol.

Oh, one more thing, this Member of public that got right up my nose, said to me, whilst nursing his somewhat dented pride..."You should have got them off the train...they're mental."....

Hang on a minute, what happened to me making them worse, and him just asking why I didn't let them beat each other up and be done with it? Contradiction? No doubt there'll be a blog made similar to this one by some enraged commuter who pays £3,000pa for an abismal service and has to travel on violent trains with abusive staff, in the near future.

Well that's it, my sort of rant is over. This was just something I felt like sharing. And the strange thing? I actually wish we had action similar to this every night... :P

posted by  Cliffy

Nobody went to help you guys? I'll bet if you grew a mustache, nobody would mess with you. lol

It's good that you're okay I guess, but if you got punched, would you get something from insurance? lol.

posted by  chris_knows

I think everybody else was in fear of their lives (you hear far too much about our gang culture that most people are too scared to breathe, lol). Although I guess I would be entitled to compensation, the company would probably blame us for getting involved...It's a plc thing I think. My method of thinking as far as this sort of thing goes is that if you think too much about what you're about to do, then you'll eventually talk yourself out of doing it.

I'll take your advice though....I'm not gonna shave for a few days/weeks :laughing: (hopefully I wont look too much like a vagrant, lol) :ohcrap:

posted by  Cliffy

Don't ya just love public transport?

posted by  fudge

Are you guys allowed to carry anything? I'd think a flashlight could come in handy, especially a nice big Mag-light.

Guess if I'm ever in your neck I'll owe you a drink, on behalf of my rowdy bretheren (sp?)

posted by  giant016

We carry a mini-maglite, lol. I would carry my large maglight if I had a "loop" for it on my belt, lol. Are you of Eastern European decent?

posted by  Cliffy

No i'm a brazilian electrician:oops:

posted by  fudge

Shut up I wasn't asking you....:laughing:

At least these guys new what "Be quiet" meant...I think. Good job I didn't shout "STOP! POLICE!" :ohcrap: :doh:

posted by  Cliffy

You should learn to swear in most major European languages, just in case of something like this.

It certainly would have been more...interesting...if you yelled something like:

Pierdolić wy wszyscy , Mam nadzieję pewien koza ma płeć rezygnować ty. Dupa.

Translate at your own risk :laughing:.

posted by  chris_knows

LOL...I don't have to translate it....It looks bad! :laughing:

Made me laugh though. :hi:

posted by  Cliffy

Is it true that there's a point on a man's head where if you shoot it, it will blow up?

Have you ever fired two guns whilst jumping through the air?

Have you ever fired one gun whilst jumping through the air?

Ever been in a high-speed pursuit?

Have you ever fired a gun whilst in a high speed pursuit?

posted by  Mathew

That was a terrible movie lol.

posted by  chris_knows

Now I'm totally lost...

posted by  fudge

You and me both, lol....Maybe someone will enlighten us soon. :laughing:

posted by  Cliffy

They're making references to the movie Hot Fuzz. I actually really liked it.

I'm 3/4 Polish and 1/4 Lithuanian. I too am quite schooled in "Eastern European" cursing. Cwel!

posted by  giant016

lol..I see, I saw that film and really liked it too...I think I can now recall the conversation.

posted by  Cliffy

Are you nuts? That was an awesome movie. Simon Pegg is hilarious.

posted by  Mathew

I liked the other guy better, but it just wasn't funny. I'm not a huge fan of black comedies, but I just didn't see the appeal in it. Still better than a lot of movies that come out though, like Meet the Spartans lol.

posted by  chris_knows

Ahh...its all about the black comedy. Planet Terror :thumbs:

posted by  Mathew

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