Cell phone blabber on train arrested by police

Yes! This happened on an Amtrak train out west, but I'm sure that riders in Metra's quiet cars would love to see this happen too.

Maybe on the CTA too. Looking at the video, I'd say that this woman looks exactly like the yacker that my wife and I encountered last year on the CTA's red line. The entire car of riders could figure out that she was mad, really mad, at someone on the other end. Every oath, every foul word, every curse, every obsencenity I had ever heard in the shipboard Navy was expelled from this woman's mouth.

On and on  she went, louder and louider, until the man in the seat in front of her could take it no more. He first asked politely to tone it down. She responded with an obscenity. He asked again, and she responded with another obscenity, even louder.

The whole thing escalated until f-yous were echoing off the walls. The guy finally fell quiet, but she kept it up. He rejoined the discourse, and it went on from about Clybourn all the way to Howard Street.

Her reasoning: She had a right to talk anyway she wanted. Anyone asking her to respect the other passsengers she accused of "disrespecting" her. Whatever happened to the idea of earning respect? How did this happen to us?

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