"At 12:10 a.m. Sunday, police arrived at the 1000 block of North Interstate Avenue near the Rose Quarter and found Andy Bloomstrom, 30, lying on the ground with stab wounds. He told police he was riding MAX with several friends when Poston held the door open, waiting for someone. An argument between the two turned physical and Poston allegedly stabbed Bloomstrom three times: twice in the chest and once in the left forearm."
TriMet was right on top of things with Mary Fetch, their black belt PR mouthpiece. Fetch was convincing with her tough talk:
"Obviously we take every incident seriously," said TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. "We want to send the message that TriMet is a safe system. We want to send the message that we have the additional personnel to prevent (these incidents) this from happening."TriMet probably has more PR flacks than transit cops. Wouldn't it be great if instead of saying "we want to send the message that TriMet is a safe system. . .", Fetch said something that Roadhouse cooler Dalton (played by the late, great Patrick Swayze) would have said:
" People who really want to have a good time won't come to a MAX train. And we've got entirely too many troublemakers here. Too many 40-year-old adolescents, felons, power drinkers and trustees of modern chemistry.
If somebody gets in your face I want you to be nice. Ask him to walk. Be nice. If he won't walk, walk him. But be nice. If you can't walk him, one of the others will help you, and you'll both be nice. I want you to remember that it's a job. It's nothing personal.... I want you to be nice until it's time to not be nice."We need more transit cops on MAX and less PR flacks in TriMet offices. It's time to not be nice.