Lollapaloza and Metra

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Lollapaloza and Metra
Posted by wilmette2210 on Sunday, August 05, 2018 10:32 PM

So today I heard on my scanner a kid on the way to Lollapolaza was playing on the tracks infront of the Wilmette Depot. He somehow got on the train and they called commuter control and had a Special Agent meet the train downtown and they would grab the kid. Wonder what would happen if juinor mouthed off by saying the Railroad Police aren't real Police? Would he learn that hard way that yes they are? Thanks

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Posted by mudchicken on Monday, August 06, 2018 6:54 AM

Probably grounded for life until the kid loses the mouth. Maybe have Metra and the Chicago PD jointly drop the kid off with mom and/or dad with a stern warning?

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, August 06, 2018 7:25 AM

Mom & Dad?  "Wadya mean my kid did something wrong.  My kid never does anything wrong! You're just picking on him.  I always played on the tracks, too!  So what if he didn't pay for the ride?  I bet dozens of people don't pay..."

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Posted by CShaveRR on Monday, August 06, 2018 4:43 PM

Why is anyone assumng that this was a kid out for a joyride, and that he did anything wrong except get separated from his parents.  You know, this is not far from the fictional residence of Home Alone.

Were "playing on the tracks" the words used?  It sounfs like they knew that the kid was going to Lollapalooza, and gould get hold of the parents right away.  It's possible--likely, even--that they were also going to Lollapalooza, and could have intended to be on the same train as their kid--but stayed behind when they couldn't find him.  Maybe the kid got on and panicked when he couldn't find his parents.  I suspect the parents were on the same train, or the one following--there were plenty of extra runs.

Until I get more concrete details, I will assume that this was just an incident of a child being separated from his parents, and cared for by Metra police at the teminal until they could be reunited.  Try not to read too much into it.

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Posted by wilmette2210 on Thursday, August 09, 2018 8:24 PM

CShaveRR

Why is anyone assumng that this was a kid out for a joyride, and that he did anything wrong except get separated from his parents.  You know, this is not far from the fictional residence of Home Alone.

Were "playing on the tracks" the words used?  It sounfs like they knew that the kid was going to Lollapalooza, and gould get hold of the parents right away.  It's possible--likely, even--that they were also going to Lollapalooza, and could have intended to be on the same train as their kid--but stayed behind when they couldn't find him.  Maybe the kid got on and panicked when he couldn't find his parents.  I suspect the parents were on the same train, or the one following--there were plenty of extra runs.

Until I get more concrete details, I will assume that this was just an incident of a child being separated from his parents, and cared for by Metra police at the teminal until they could be reunited.  Try not to read too much into it.

 

He was playing on the tracks and on the way to Lolla Paloza, the train crew tried to denay him boarding but he managed to slip on. The train called commuter control and had a special agent meet the train upon arival in the city

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Friday, August 10, 2018 4:11 PM

wilmette2210
He was playing on the tracks and on the way to Lolla Paloza, the train crew tried to denay him boarding but he managed to slip on. The train called commuter control and had a special agent meet the train upon arival in the city

Is there a local news article you can cite for this?

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Posted by CShaveRR on Friday, August 10, 2018 9:02 PM

Probably no news items to cite, as this is purely a Metra issue.

It makes sense now--the crew of the train sees the kid on the tracks, and denies him the ride (he probably had a ticket) because of his unsafe practices (I've seen it done often enough to tardy passengers who go around lowered gates to try and catch their train).  If he got on anyway, the special agents will give him a talking to at the terminal.  And "kid" might be a relative term here...probably no parents involved.  

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