As the Washington Post reported, a mother was separated from her baby when she tried to board a Green Line train with her stroller at the West Hyattsville Metro station Wednesday morning. The woman, who went unidentified, loaded the stroller first when the doors suddenly closed and the train left the station. Mother and child were reunited unharmed at the Fort Totten station.
Metro's response to the incident, one TBD colleague argued here in the office, seemed a little cold, considering the terror of the situation: "The trains have to stay on schedule," spokesman Reggie Woodruff said, adding that it didn't appear the train operator made a mistake.
Which got us thinking -- who's the one to blame here? The operator has to close the doors at some point, otherwise the train could never leave a crowded station, right? And yet the mother has to get the stroller on there somehow -- be it before or after herself -- risking losing the child either on the train or on the platform.
So we hope you'll take a second to cast a vote in this rather insensitive yet undeniably provocative poll, and feel free to expand on your ballot in the comments section below.