Looks like we’ve said goodbye to morality, ethics and bon-ton.
In some societies, the ethical code is not only an unwritten law but some organizations like public transport actually have rules of how people should behave.
One particular woman violated those rules on a train recently, and on top of all, she was even angry that she had to face the consequences.
Bethany Nava was riding a Metro Red Line Train when she was forced to get off after violating a specific rule. This rule was specifically stated in the Metro customer code of conduct and says “placing feet or shoes on seats or furnishings’ is prohibited disorderly conduct, which may be penalized with a warning and/or ejection from the train.”
Nava received a warning and when she refused to obey, she was ejected. However this is not nearly the end of the story.
Namely, the incident grew into an whole investigation. Reportedly, the investigation began after a Los Angeles police officer was filmed dragging a woman off of the city’s subway for refusing to take her feet off the seat.
But what else was the offices supposed to do? The 18-year-old who refused to obey the rules, received a warning a direction and after she ignored both, was thrown out of the train.
A report from Daily Mail gives a more vivid account of the incident:
“The officer can be heard saying: ‘I already told you what to do and you didn’t. You disobeyed me. You’re getting off the train.’
He then begins pulling her by the arm, as she begins shouting ‘I paid to be on this train’ and ‘you’re pulling me off the train, I can’t get my stuff’.
At the start of the video the police officer asks the Bethany Nava to leave the train and eventually begins to pull her arm
As the officer continues to pull her she says ‘stop, let me go’ before she is eventually dragged off and pinned against the platform wall by the officer.
‘This is not f*****g fair that you took me off the train because I had my foot there because I was comfortable like that,’ she said.
‘There is no law that tells me that I cannot sit that way because I paid to be in there’ but the officer replied: ‘It’s the rules of the train.’”
Maybe she didn’t violate a state law but she still violated the code of conduct on the train. She disobeyed an order and she was naturally sanctioned for it.
The Daily Mails report continued to mention a person who witnessed the incident and uttered racist curses at the officer. The eyewitness was a 22-year-old woman named Selina Lechuga who ended up in handcuffs herself.
According to the report: “Meanwhile as small group of bystanders gather, including a woman, later identified by LAPD as 22-year-old Selina Lechuga, who can be heard shouting expletives at the officer.
‘Are you f*****g kidding me? You really have nothing to do,’ Lechuga says.
The two women continue to remonstrate with the officer on the platform with Lechuga accusing the officer of picking on Nava to meet his monthly arrest quota.
Eventually about half a dozen other officers arrive and Lechuga, who continues swearing, and Nava are both handcuffed and taken into custody.
‘This is racism. This is what we are: 2018, m**********s like this want to just try to act like they can do whatever they want. F**k you guys,’ said Lechuga, who also appears to spit at an officer.”
This had nothing to do with racism, but it had everything to do with disobeying rules. Lechuga showed an uncivilized and “animalistic” behavior by spitting on a police officer and uttering such vile statements.
She meddled in a situation that did not concern her in any way as if she wanted to join the “victim club” what did she expect?
Reportedly, the police officer explicitly said to the girl :“you know, you’re going to remove your foot or you’re getting off the train.” Which completely justifies his later reaction.
People should be reminded that rules are there for a reason, and no one should be allowed to act above the law.