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Police stop train after complaints about passenger talking on phone
SalemKatu ^ | May 15, 2011 | John Tierney

Posted on 05/16/2011 7:17:01 PM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin

SALEM, Ore. - Salem Police stopped an Amtrak train on Sunday afternoon after reports a woman threatened other passengers when they complained she was speaking too loudly on her cell phone.

Lakeysha Beard of Tigard was charged with disorderly conduct after police said she got into a “verbal altercation” with passengers on the train. The other passengers complained she refused to put down her cell phone, even after train staff made repeated announcements for passengers to not use cell phones, according to police.

When a passenger confronted her about her loud talking, police said Beard got aggressive. She had reportedly been talking non-stop on the phone since getting on the train in Oakland, Calif.

Beard was taken into custody until a family member could come and pick her up.

The train pulled out of the station in Oakland at 10 p.m. the night before, according to Amtrak spokeswoman Verae Graham. Conductors on the train coordinated with police to stop the train at a crossing about two miles from the Salem station. That was around 2 p.m.

The train was the Coast Starlight, which runs between Los Angeles and Seattle.

Graham said Amtrak has no formal policy that bans people from talking on cell phones while the train is moving.

KATU tried to contact Beard for comment but could not reach her.

The train was stopped for about 20 minutes before it continued on to Portland.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackculture; crime; diversity; ghettovalues; lakeysha; news; transportation
Video at link.

At least this didn't involve a beatdown of some kind.

1 posted on 05/16/2011 7:17:06 PM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

So are they afraid the cell phone is gonna cause Amtrak to lose money?


2 posted on 05/16/2011 7:23:05 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin
KATU tried to contact Beard for comment but could not reach her.

Should've tried her cell phone number.

3 posted on 05/16/2011 7:25:13 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin
Having commuted on trains, I have heard some doozies of cell phone conversations. The problem isn't always how loud they talk but the subjects of some conversations were painfully, unpleasantly, disturbingly personal. It's almost as if some people want to be disruptive.
4 posted on 05/16/2011 7:25:43 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Cvengr

It would have been busy...


5 posted on 05/16/2011 7:26:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: driftdiver

Seems as though hardly anyone has any manners or consideration for others when it comes to using a cell phone. It was 10 p.m. and I am sure most people had heard quite enough talking for one day and just wanted some peace and quiet. I do not understand why people think they have to talk on their cell phone all the time and loudly enough for everyone to hear.


6 posted on 05/16/2011 7:26:50 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin
Let me guess, this cell phone talking passenger will now sue Amtrak.

Defund Amtrak...why are the majority of Amtrak's fares subsidized?

7 posted on 05/16/2011 7:28:38 PM PDT by Jane Long (2 Chron 7:14)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

http://www.katu.com/news/local/121962009.html

Amtrak does have such a policy in certain cars...


8 posted on 05/16/2011 7:29:23 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

That’s why cell phone jammers exist. Legal to own, but not to use. They work great (so I’ve been told).


9 posted on 05/16/2011 7:30:05 PM PDT by GreyHoundSailor
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To: Bed_Zeppelin
Talking non-stop from California to Oregon? Unless she was manning a suicide hotline, I can't think of any reason to stay on the line for that length of time!


10 posted on 05/16/2011 7:31:05 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Throw Lakeysha from the train. It’ll make a great children’s book.


11 posted on 05/16/2011 7:31:30 PM PDT by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: BenLurkin

After a portion of my plane flights were canceled I had to take a GH Bus on the last leg at 11:30 PM. I sat in front of two women who where going to a “Feminist Conference”.
I spent 2+Hours in Hell listening to them discuss the issues that were to be discussed at the conference. OMG!


12 posted on 05/16/2011 7:35:19 PM PDT by TaMoDee (GO PACK GO to Super Bowl XLVI)
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To: GreyHoundSailor

FReepmail me if you have info on where to buy one.


13 posted on 05/16/2011 7:35:23 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

I put in quite a lot of time on Amtrak while I was long distance commuting. There are few things more annoying than someone in the seat behind you who won’t stop talking on their cell phone.

It’s one thing to make a quick call home to say you are late, or something of that kind. It’s quite another to talk nonstop as this woman was evidently doing.


15 posted on 05/16/2011 7:38:59 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: Bed_Zeppelin
Lakeysha

I'm thinking that that is a 'no picture necessary' name.

since getting on the train in Oakland, Calif.

Now I'm sure of it.

16 posted on 05/16/2011 7:42:13 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Kieri
"Throw Lakeysha from the train. It’ll make a great children’s book."

You owe me a new keypad. :)

17 posted on 05/16/2011 7:45:00 PM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: Bed_Zeppelin
Her ringtone: ♪Mmmmm ♪Mmmmm ♪Mmmmm....♪Barack Hussien Obama.
18 posted on 05/16/2011 7:48:11 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

A pocket size cell phone jammer would be a hot seller.


19 posted on 05/16/2011 7:48:29 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Damn Lakeysha was just talking to her Aunt Jemima about some breakfast!


20 posted on 05/16/2011 7:48:53 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Cicero
I put in quite a lot of time on Amtrak while I was long distance commuting. There are few things more annoying than someone in the seat behind you who won’t stop talking on their cell phone. It’s one thing to make a quick call home to say you are late, or something of that kind. It’s quite another to talk nonstop as this woman was evidently doing.

Talking on the phone, or more importantly being seen and heard talking on the phone, is central to Amish culture. With the talk of spending billions on high speed trains, it would be worthwhile to take a strategy of making trains an elegant alternative to buses and airplanes. Sadly, the US is oriented toward the lowest common denominator.

21 posted on 05/16/2011 7:49:17 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Get the BO out of the Executive Mansion.)
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To: TaMoDee
I spent 2+Hours in Hell listening to them

On the other hand, you got a free preview of the future of transportation in this country, democrat version.

22 posted on 05/16/2011 8:00:37 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Interesting to contemplate how she paid for her ticket, her cell phone, all the food necessary to maintain that figure, etc. Just askin’, but I’ll bet it’s not by working for a living.


23 posted on 05/16/2011 8:16:24 PM PDT by JoeFromCA
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

I was on the train from Oakland to Salem 2 months ago and it stopped and kicked out some guys who were making too much noise disturbing the passengers who were sleeping. Do not mess with the conductor on a train it is a federal offense.


24 posted on 05/16/2011 8:25:36 PM PDT by Tamatoa (Fight for our America, Fight for our Country I fought to defend!!!)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

I didn’t know Lakesha was an Amish name...


25 posted on 05/16/2011 8:34:26 PM PDT by downtownconservative
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

I knew instantly it had to be one of those Amish again.


26 posted on 05/16/2011 8:48:49 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08
Lakeysha Stoltzfus
27 posted on 05/16/2011 9:14:00 PM PDT by JPG (The real reason Huck quit? Fear of grizzly bears.)
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To: patriot08

“...it had to be one of those Amish again.”

Hey! It’s an Amish thing! You wouldn’t understand!


28 posted on 05/16/2011 9:19:58 PM PDT by Tigerized
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

The other passengers shouldn’t have confronted her. They should have just gone to get the Conductor so he could do his job.


29 posted on 05/16/2011 9:33:48 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: LostInBayport

Looks like some of the cell phone users outside of our hospital. They can be heard for a half a block or more at times. Thank God were not a psych hospital.


30 posted on 05/16/2011 9:36:52 PM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (Oligarchy...My theory is, college student body presidents become DEMS orRINO's.)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Real trains should have a modern day version of a phone booth, basically in effect there should be on such trains as these that are of the type with the lounge cars and such cubicles with sound suppression panels that any cell phone user can use with some privacy, and to not annoy fellow passengers.

But from I see of this it was called for, pun intended.


31 posted on 05/16/2011 9:39:48 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (2012, NO MORE LIES!)
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To: Jane Long

Because their prices are totally outrageous. Cheaper to fly on southwest or drive.


32 posted on 05/16/2011 9:44:28 PM PDT by Englishman (Thank you America)
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To: Jane Long

Because their prices are totally outrageous. Cheaper to fly on southwest or drive.


33 posted on 05/16/2011 9:44:39 PM PDT by Englishman (Thank you America)
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To: Jane Long

Because their prices are totally outrageous. Cheaper to fly on southwest or drive.


34 posted on 05/16/2011 9:44:43 PM PDT by Englishman (Thank you America)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

 

Woman feels 'disrespected' after being kicked off train

Lakeysha Beard said she didn't understand what all the fuss was about when she was escorted off an Amtrak train. Police said she yelled at passengers who asked her to stop talking so loudly on her cell phone.

Woman feels 'disrespected' after being kicked off train

Lakeysha Beard being escorted off an Amtrak train by police.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A woman who got pulled of an Amtrak train by police after passengers complained she was speaking too loudly on a cell phone said she felt “disrespected” by the entire incident.
 
Lakeysha Beard of Tigard was charged with disorderly conduct after police said she got into a “verbal altercation” with train passengers on Sunday. Passengers complained she refused to put down her cell phone and conductors had to stop the train in Salem, where police got involved.

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43 posted on 05/17/2011 4:15:21 AM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: Hardraade
Yes, let’s have this out.

NO profanity, NO personal attacks, NO racism or violence in posts.

If you must, then.

From the posting guidelines in the posting dialog box:

NO profanity, NO personal attacks, NO racism or violence in posts.

You've managed to violate all but the profanity prohibition on this thread. So, yeah, asking for the mods to step in and make a ruling should have been unneccesary.

44 posted on 05/17/2011 5:07:10 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Bed_Zeppelin
Lakeysha Beard ...

Without going further I already know what to expect (profile wise) where this individual is concerned. So predictable.

45 posted on 05/17/2011 5:20:32 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: driftdiver
So are they afraid the cell phone is gonna cause Amtrak to lose money?

Talking nonstop from 10PM Saturday to 2PM Sunday. They were probably worried other passengers (who might have liked to catch a few minutes sleep) were going to sue

46 posted on 05/17/2011 8:25:02 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: School of Rational Thought
"...Talking on the phone, or more importantly being seen and heard talking on the phone, is central to Amish culture...."

Indeed. It is a way of announcing your importance to the group by displaying rudeness and disrespect (which is a fundamentyal aspect of Amish culture), and letting them know you have much better things to do than interact with them.

It is also a component of their materialism and consumerism, because to have a phone is to say, in Amish, "I have arrived".

47 posted on 05/17/2011 10:53:24 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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