If you’ve been watching the news, you’ll have read about several people in the past couple weeks being pushed onto the tracks in NYC and being run over and killed. Clearly the people who are doing it are mentally ill, though that doesn’t mean all mentally ill people are a physical threat to people, but you’ve got these mass shootings, people being shoved onto the tracks, etc.. Does it worry you especially if you use courthouse metro with the homeless people? Sure, I doubt few if any are violent, but there’s the chance, and are you prepared to take that chance? Are you at all worried given the impending year round shelter?
No, because it can happen anytime/anywhere; and it doesn’t have to be a homeless person either.
DC Metro is WAY to expensive to have homeless people hanging out on the platforms.
You have a better chance of being killed on your walk home from the Metro by a drunk, well-housed, guy in an Audi than you do a homeless crazy person pushing you on to the Metro tracks. Are you at all worried given the impending opening of new bars?
I’m more worried about the boogieman under my bed than any of this nonsense.
Maybe there should be a police presence in the metro to thwart would be terrorists and attackers?
Oh, no, wait… you said that violates your civil rights and doesn’t make you or anyone else any safer in the metro.
And, it’s well within your rights to stand very close to the edge of the platform… so have at it.
were the assailants in either case homeless? i’m not certain.
is this the dumbest troll post i’ve read all week? by all means.
There are mentally unstable people on the metro, and they’re not homeless as far as I know. I see one woman in the mornings on the train that freaks out if anyone is anywhere near her. . . screamed at me for being in her way when I was 5 feet from the door. But, she also leaps off the train, then runs to duck behind one of those HVAC columns in the station for the all-clear before proceeding up the escalator. When I used to ride really early there was a guy that would read porn, and pleasure himself beneath his jacket. . . he’d also keep swapping trains the entire ride looking for someone that happened to turn him on. Then a couple weeks ago when riding up the escalator in Rosslyn, looked over at the people coming down, and a guy slid down the hand-rail (at mach speed), and then crashed into people from behind towards the bottom. I got to the top, informed the station manager, and I imagine people had to go to the hospital. Plenty of people out there with issues. . . not just the homeless people in Courthouse.
I’m more scared of alcoholic misogynist shut-ins who spend their lives on internet message boards.
Wow – your metro rides are more interesting than mine! I miss all the fun….
I rarely see homeless folks on the Courthouse platform. I live in Courthouse and I’m not worried at all about the year-round shelter; I think it’s a good idea. I’m more worried at the Metro station when it gets super crowded… someone could get squeezed out onto the tracks.
The way Arlington deals with the homeless makes me feel much safer, in fact. I met a schizophrenic (presumably, I should say) in Wendy’s the other day. Nice guy. Seemed to be medicated, had clothes on his back, had a place to sleep that night, which was a very cold night. My experience with him is typical of most of my experiences with homeless people in Arlington. I rarely run into aggressive panhandlers, people visibly episodic or on hard drugs, and I think a lot of that has to do with the humane way our county deals with those less fortunate. They have good services and dedicated servants. Thanks to all in the county who care about them.
I’ve read she is homeless. The guy who did the earlier murder on the NYC subway in December was homeless.
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