Irrelevance Of ‘Breaking’ News

We have drawn two conclusions. Either print news is tumbling out of circulation into a black hole at break-neck speed or journalists have nothing of substance to write about. What do you think? There were various and sundry reports about this TTC employee napping on the job but now there is public humiliation to add to an internal investigation since his picture has been making internet rounds and turned up on the front page of newspapers.  Spokesman Brad Ross for the TTC said, “On this particular matter we will conduct an inquiry internally and determine what appropriate action needs to be taken”. The TTC has also commented that if employees are tired, “they should stay at home”.

(Front page? Why would you need an internal investigation?! Where is the mystery?)

It’s obvious this man was asleep and though the TTC has gained the drole moniker TTZ Z Z, this is irrelevant as front page news. It isn’t or should not be treated as a commentary on the subway system or employees for the TTC or even this person who was unfortunate enough to have been caught on camera.

Though anyone could stay at home because “they are tired”. People choose not to because they want to advance in life, not lie about lazily letting down everyone and themselves in the end.The picture above was shot at the McCowan station at night so understandably, we can see how an employee would fall asleep. However, no, he shouldn’t have been sleeping on the job but he doesn’t deserve to be humiliated and ashamed now wherever he goes.

The silliest part of all this is the commentary from Union Rep Bob Kinnear. “It is very discouraging that the picture taker and, apparently, other customers, made no attempt to determine if there was anything wrong with this TTC employee. A simple knock on the glass might have determined if the collector was, in fact, asleep, or whether he was unconscious as a result of some medical problem. The reports that passengers were laughing at him as they passed by the booth makes this even more disturbing.”

It’s kinda obvious that 1. there is no need for an ‘internal investigation’ and 2. that he was catching some zZz’s but 3. that it happens and the TTC should calm themselves.


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