A Good-Deed-Doer Gets Yelled At.
My recent post about annoying Amtrak passengers prompted reader Mac Culver to email me with the following account of a recent experience he had aboard Train 4. It’s simply too good not to share.
I was recently in Bedroom A (no party wall) on the Southwest Chief to Chicago. A young gentlemen (maybe 7 years old) was sitting on my couch when I got back from lunch. Well, this is a pickle!
He declared that he was tired of sitting in a coach seat (this was day 2) and thought he should have a bedroom. I give him an “A” for moxie. He also was intrigued with the tiny bathroom and integral shower. He thought it was cool (and so do I). I contacted the car attendant and he started a “lost parent” search.
The young man was enjoying one of my ice cold Pepsi’s when his irate mom arrived maybe half-hour later. She yelled at me! Why was her son here? What is really happening? He’s not allowed to have a sugary soda, who gave this to him? Both the car attendant and I were standing there with our mouths agape. She left in a huff threatening to speak to “Amtrak management.”
I never saw her or that poor child again. No good deed goes unpunished [but] the car attendant and I both had a good laugh.
Now we know why the kid didn’t like sitting in a coach seat (with his mother)!