Metro worker photographed eating on train won't face disciplinary action

Metro worker photographed eating on train won't face disciplinary action
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A Washington, D.C., Metro worker who was photographed eating on a train by an author and World Bank employee will not be disciplined, according to NBC News.

Paul Wiedefeld, general manager of the Metro, has said no action will be taken against the woman, Barry Hobson, chief of staff for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, told the news station.

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"As is our practice, we do not comment on personnel matters; however, speaking generally, this kind of incident wouldn’t be expected to result in more than counseling for a first offense,” a Metro spokeswoman told the news outlet.

Author Natasha Tynes sparked a fierce backlash over the weekend when she tweeted a photo of the woman over the weekend, adding “I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train. This is unacceptable. Hope @wmata responds. When I asked the employee about this, her response was, ‘worry about yourself.' " Tynes was widely criticized for attempting to get the woman in trouble and publicly shaming her. In response, the publishing house distributing her debut novel “They Called Me Wyatt” dropped her.

Hobson told The Washington Post over the weekend that the woman was taking her meal break between assignments and that the union would not support any disciplinary action. Eating and drinking are banned on Metro trains and buses and in stations but the rule is not heavily enforced and the Metro police chief last week advised officers in an email to stop writing tickets for fare evasion, eating, drinking, spitting or playing music without headphones until further notice, according to NBC.