Author Natasha Tynes publicly shamed a black, female transit worker and now she has lost a book deal.
Tynes is a Jordanian-American who identifies as a “minority writer.” While commuting on a train in Washington DC Friday, she saw a Metro bus operator eating her breakfast, which violates the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) rules forbidding any kind of eating, smoking, or drinking in vehicles or train stations.
Just to be clear, like Tynes, the woman eating breakfast was a train passenger who just happens to be employed by the Transit Authority. She was in uniform because she was on her way to work. Don’t confuse her, as some have, with a train employee eating while she was supposed to be doing her job on the train.
Anyway, according to Tynes, after she took it upon herself to confront the woman about breaking the rules, the bus driver responded with a curt, “Worry about yourself,” that ended up being a pretty good piece of advice.
Unwilling to heed that advice, Tynes decided to photograph the woman, tweet out her photo, and publicly demand action from the WMATA.
“When you’re on your morning commute & see @wmata employee in UNIFORM eating on the train. I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train. This is unacceptable. Hope @wmata responds,” she tweeted with the woman’s photo. MORE