Gilbert B Norman wrote:Wholly agree Mr. Gadfly, but again, as I earlier noted, just too darned many deep pockets around.This is also why Norfolk Southern became quite aggressive in arresting/prosecuting people for trespass and also refusing access to their property to railfans in the 90s. Seems a 13 y/o boy went out onto a long trestle. He ignored the "Danger! Do not Trespass" signs and went out there anyway. Not having a way to escape, he was struck and killed. The parents imediately sued and the national media got hold of it. One Friday night, a segment came on about this incident & and the talking heads crucified Norfolk Southern as villains extraordinaire! These b*****ds made it sound as tho NS went to extra effort to run down this boy and kill him. They made sure to "assassinate" NS thru the press and and insure the parents would become "rich" over this most tragic incident!
Unfortunately, it would appear the one party on whom the liability rests - the production company - is the one whose pockets "ain't so deep". It is foregone that whatever they have had in the way of insurance will quickly be "tapped out".
Monday morning, there was a meeting where not only the management was clearly ENRAGED, but most line employees took very vocal exception to this slam. Management and employees were of one mind on this, for these slimy little snots had impugned the entire rail industry with this bit of yellow journalism! Effective immediately, all NS employees WILL report, prevent, even detain ANY trespassers to include unauthorized riders on NS trains, stop and verify every visitor to NS property, or report their presence to management--even report or confront people walking on the right of way. Prior to this NS had been pretty lenient/tolerant to railfans who ventured onto the property, but now they were MAD---absolutely LIVID! THIS is the THANKS they got for being lenient to railfans, and the public now thought of the railroad as "villains". This was Norfolk Southern's reaction; a clampdown!~
To be sure, it is tragic when lives are lost, but there is still a matter of R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y. Suing the railroad because of the stupidity of others simply because it *may* be a profitable company is just WRONG, and speaks volumes of the moral decay of our society where our OWN faults and mistakes are NEVER attributable to US, but can be "charged" to an innocent party simply because he has more money than those at fault! When we become BLIND to our own responsibilities--even when our mistakes are none other than our own--it is a sad day and signals the END of our functioning society.
My position on this may, on the surface, seem harsh, but it, from the info we have, seems to be on the production company who did not see to the adequate protection of its own people. Now they want CSX to pay for THEIR own mistake. Me, I'd go to JAIL before I'd pay these birds one DIME!!! Its the PRINCIPLE of the thing, not lack of sympathy for those killed.