Friday, August 29, 2008

Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to drive a train

Well, to be fair, I really don't know if this guy is fat, but the drunk and stupid stuff? Oh yeah:
Thomas Gracie, 40, was ordered to pay the fine by Edinburgh Sheriff Court after he admitted to breaking transport laws by being intoxicated while on duty, The Daily Record (Glasgow) reported Friday.

Prosecutor Tom Crosbie said Gracie's blood alcohol content had been more than three times the legal limit for driving at the time of the incident.

He said Gracie's drunken nap left him unable to unlock the passenger car doors when the train arrived at Waverley station Aug. 8.

"Shortly after 8.30 p.m., the train doors failed to open on arrival at Waverley and passengers were unable to get off," Crosbie said. "A cleaner attended at the conductor's cab and observed Gracie was asleep. He was unable to be awoken and the emergency release was activated to allow access to the cab."
The article goes on to mention that Gracie has admitted that he has a drinking problem (no, really?) and that he was fired because of the incident. That seems like the prudent course of action.

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