Yesterday my train home was short a car AND two of the five remaining coaches had no AC. It was 90 degrees out, so inside those two AC-less cars it was hot as hell.
If you want to read the details, you can see them over on the Charlie On the Commuter Rail
Anyway, the crowding in the three cool cars was so bad that I decided to take a few pictures. I used my cell phone to snap some shots. The first one (the one that I used) was through the window; I actually spent most of the ride in the vestibule, along with several other riders, because we were between two cool cars and there was just no way to get inside either car.
But when a conductor came in from outside and tried to start taking tickets, I snapped a couple more pictures through the open door. This caused a bit of a stir. She turned on me and asked if I'd just taken a picture. The door was closing, so I smiled and nodded. She wasn't willing to accept that, so she opened the door and asked me again if I'd been taking pictures.
"Yes," I answered.
"I just wanted a picture of the crowd," I replied.
She didn't seem entirely satisfied, but let it go.
The odd thing is that apparently a few other people might have been upset. I got some odd looks from one or two of them as they came out at later stops, and one older woman stared me right in the eye and said "Don't take any more pictures!". I couldn't quite tell if she was hostile or what, but she passed relatively quickly. I didn't have my cell phone in hand, so I don't think she thought I was about to take a snapshot.
T policy allows photography, and I only take pictures of crowds; I don't focus in on individuals, and don't post my photos at a high enough resolution for the members of a crowd to be easily recognizable. Feel free to check it out for yourself; the picture is on the Charlie blog. There are no
Still...it was a weird experience.