Two ladies were being harassed to get off the train after someone complained about their dog pooping on the floor. They already cleaned it up, but the man’s adamant they get kicked off!
A Recorded Event
OP (Original Poster) posted a video on his TikTok account with the username “bellskunk” captioned, “Riding Amtrak while Black.” In the video, he showed the experience of two elderly Black women on a train ride.
Defending the Women
The recording started with an officer standing over two women seated, telling them, “They want you off the train. For whatever reason, they want you off the train.”
That’s when OP, the one who was taking the video, stepped in. He said, “Sir, I was a witness to this. They are mistreating them and the dog.”
Explaining the Situation
OP explained that there should be a policy that involves dogs on trains. Then, he informed the officer that the women cleaned up the dog’s poop immediately.
Annoyed by OP’s remarks, the cop waved him off and told the women that if people wanted them off the train, then they needed to get off.
A Race Thing?
So, OP asked if the reason for that was because the two women were Black.
He said, “Because they’re Black? You want them off the train because they’re Black?”
The officer didn’t respond to OP’s question, but he looked at him before returning his gaze to the elderly women.
However, OP persisted and insisted that “this is not right.” He then asked the officer if he would throw out the ladies in Greenfield, Colorado, because their “little doggy had to take a poo-poo.”
Even then, the cop was firm on getting the women off the train while OP, still recording, appealed to them to stay on board.
He told the ladies, “You have the right to stay right where you’re at.”
The elderly women looked at each other, unsure of what they were supposed to do. Sadly, other people on the train pretended not to see or hear whatever was happening.
Without anyone else to help the elderly women, OP demanded that the two ladies be left alone. However, the officer warned him that if he persisted in intervening, he would also be thrown off the train.
Keeping To Himself
So, OP threatened the cop with a lawsuit but followed what the officer told him and remained silent.
Another female officer advised OP that he was allowed to continue recording but would have to stop involving himself, and he agreed.
Off the Train
Eventually, the women took their belongings and calmly exited the train. OP once again showed his support and told them not to let such an event ruin their holiday.
Difficult to Look At
Before the video ended, it showed the two women standing outside the train in the cold with their Pomeranian.
OP said, “God, look how harmful that dog is. He was going to just terrorize the train.”
Where It All Started
He then explained that the dog had “pooped” on the floor, and even though the women immediately cleaned it up, a White man insisted on calling the police and having them removed.
A Clear Rule
According to Amtrak policy, pets, specifically dogs and cats 20 pounds and below, can travel up to 7 hours as long as they are in a carrier. However, whether the two women had their dog in one was unclear.
In a follow-up video, OP accused the conductor of professional misconduct and demanded that Amtrak and the Colorado Police Department conduct internal investigations.
After that, OP posted another video with the caption, “Help the ladies get home.” This is where he walked up to an Amtrak employee and asked how he felt about the elderly women being thrown out and received a “no comment” response.
OP continued to argue with the defensive employees and would say they had “no comment” but would offer their own opinions like, “Do you know the whole situation?”
Despite the Threats
Eventually, one employee threatened OP that he would call the police and demanded that he leave. But OP was still doubtful of the story and asked why the conductor did that and if he did it for fun.
The employee claimed that a dog pooping on a train is a fair reason to kick out the people who own the pet. OP was enraged by that statement, continued asking for clarification, and was again faced with the threat of getting the police called on him.
A Holiday Gift
Since then, OP started a GoFundMe for the two ladies to help them get home to their families for the holidays.
Until now, Amtrak hasn’t issued a statement regarding the unfortunate incident.
What the Community Has to Say
People think OP was entirely wrong for blaming the authorities and that Amtrak was clear on its policies. Someone even shared his experience in riding with Amtrak.
A commenter wrote, “The guy with the big mouth is the issue. Trains have strict pet policies for a reason. They violated that policy, so the police were well within their rights. Also, they weren’t being dumped in the middle of nowhere. They were left at a station which is no doubt equipped with places to sit, places to eat, has heat, and has restrooms. ‘Middle of nowhere.’”
Another person said, “The man recording is absolutely off the wall. I have ridden Amtrak and observed the staff make the ride pleasant for all. I have never witnessed any racial animosity by staff as they enforce rules. A dog can be caged to avoid issues such as this.”
An Obvious Violation
Some people think OP was just a meddler who will keep the money earned from the GoFundMe all for himself. They also think the ladies being kicked out of the train had nothing to do with their race.
“The guy will probably keep any money contributed to the GoFundMe account. He sounds like another self-righteous, know-it-all trying to spark division. Amtrak policy requires pets to be in a carrier at all times. They violated that policy and suffered the consequences,” someone wrote.
Another person commented, “Amtrak’s pet policy says the pet must be inside the pet carrier. That would mean it won’t be able to poop on the floor. They didn’t keep it in the pet carrier, so they violated Amtrak’s policy. It has nothing to do with whether they cleaned it up. I’m sure they didn’t have the ability to sanitize the floor. It had nothing to do with their race. They agreed to the pet policy by bringing the dog onboard, and they violated it obviously.”
What can you say about this incident? Were the ladies at fault, or was it about racism?
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