It’s been awhile since I’ve written about CYBER BULLY/STALKERS. The behaviors against me have calmed down a bit and I’ve been busy working towards change. As a victim of these horrifying life changing events, I’ve much healing to do and many legal battles to pursue.
Nevertheless, Margulies continues to abuse, only these days it’s mostly against others, some of whom are friends, all of them co-workers and Union brothers and sisters. I’ve always said I wasn’t the only victim. This time he’s got a contingent of ‘groupies’ armed with scanners, audio/video cameras and recorders. Serious questions of legality arise when recorders are in use, then published over the internet but the reality of it, at least in my mind is more on those issues of personal integrity. Why would someone want to hurt a complete stranger so publicly if their motives weren’t self serving?!! Just because something’s legal doesn’t make it moral. Freedom of Speech wasn’t intended for Hate speech! Just because Oregon law protects the right to tape record phone calls without notification doesn’t make it moral. Just becauseAl Margulies, Lane Jensen and probably a myriad of others can take pictures and audio/video/visuals on Buses doesn’t make it moral if those devices are not turned off when asked, creates safety problems and are then edited to specifically get someone in trouble because you’re more interested in HIGH DRAMA then creativity.
Since 2009, I’ve shown proof that Margulies appears to be someone who was left alone in his crib for far too many years as he just can’t seem to get enough attention!
Last September I noticed the YouTube below published on Margulies Blog by Jason McHuff. I was concerned at the time but thought it was a one time thing as we all have ‘days’. I know McHuff. He used to ride my bus home from work. He’s a “groupie” but one with amazing intelligence towards transit issues. He records the Board of Directors meetings which are now shown on Cable. He rode my bus a couple of months ago. I asked him if he was recording me. He said ‘No”. I trust that to be true, because if it turns out not to be, he best run for the hills! He’s recorded audio/video/visual conversations with several Operators which were then published on Al’s Blog. I don’t know if Operators were aware this was going on.
In light of Al’s buddy, Lane Jensen, I decided to take another look at the recording and realized the aggressive manner with which Jason approached the Operator. I’ve gone back through the blog since and read comments. They’re often far more revealing then the postings. It appears his association with Margulies over the years has corrupted his otherwise values to fairness. He defends his actions against the Operator by stating…
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“…and knew Al’s view on fare checking!” REALLY?!!! Al’s views and our training are world’s apart. Al, after all is no longer employed by Trimet. He was forced into retirement and choose not to pursue the abuses they caused to his Civil Rights and as a result has become an angry obsessed disgruntled ex-employee who’s striking out inappropriately at everyone including his Union and his Union brothers and sisters. Many of his comments and personal attacks on his blog come from unreasonable expectations. He even expected ATU to support his effort at taking Neil McFarlane to court. His purpose is to get the most ‘views’, regardless of who he has to step on! This fact is obvious as he inserts a Google image weekly titles, “Let’s See Who’s Watching.” The last time we were in court, Judge Millian told him, ” You have the ethics of a squid.” I thought it was interesting he used that same terminology to describe Neil McFarlane. Perhaps he feels they have that in common.
Jason McHuff, a younger version, a little thinner. Take a look – if he gets on your Bus ask him if he’s audio/video or recording you. Sometimes they wear a tag or something saying “recording in progress” but often it’s turned the other way or is positioned where no one can see it. He taped and published the Operator in the YouTube above and I’ll bet she never knew it. It’s illegal to record someone in Oregon even if that recording includes the video portion WITHOUT giving notice or obtaining permission. If you find he’s posted an video with audio recording of you on Al’s blog without your knowledge you can sue Al for every penny he has because the Blog is registered to him only, through Google. Margulies is legally responsible for all content, including the Lane Jensen’s of the world and a gaggle of other contributors.
Mark is my friend. He’s someone I’ve known for as long as he’s been at Trimet. He’s one of many co-workers who make working there worth it! He’s always been consistent and helpful. When I see him I smile. He has an incredibly big heart and cares a great deal about others. It’s devastating for me to see what Lane Jensen and Al Margulies tried to do to him. Lane staged it all. Al sets him and other groupies up to attack Operators. They are now equipped with scanners, tape recorders and cameras. Lane audio/video recorded Mark. Camera right up in his face accusing him of making an illegal turn. He then took video of the window box and bus numbers, edited it to his liking and sent it in to Trimet for discipline. He then published it on Al’s blog with Al’s approval. Al later said in a comment that although Mark is a “decent guy”, he “thought it was amusing ” I know what Mark and other Operators have been going through because I’ve been going through it for years. They’re being bullied and publicly humiliated! Mark then wanted to have a ‘from one person to another’ talk with Lane (off the record). He asked Lane if he was recording him and Lane said, “No.” He later realized the conversation was posted on Al’s blog. Jensen does not work for Trimet. He’s not a Supervisor at Trimet. He’s never driven a Bus for Trimet. He doesn’t have a clue about who we are and what it is that we do or for that matter what we go through during the course of a shift. He’s angry because, according to him a broken down bus caused him to loose his job. According to comments on Al’s blog, Lane had the job for less then a month. If he’s so into transit, he knew to take the bus ahead or he could’ve called his employer with an update. If his employer terminated him over that one occurrence then they were probably looking for a reason to get rid of him. Trimet Customer Service, btw, provides letters to employers explaining the lateness of buses to those customers affected.
This is Lane Jensen. He purposely gets in Operator’s faces with his camera, very confrontational, accusing. Trying to get your feathers ruffled. He’s a sensationalist! If you don’t give him what he wants he’ll create it. The beard is gone. DO NOT ENGAGE HIM! If you see him at a transit center or on your bus, call dispatch immediately! He’s stalking, harassing, bullying, recording and falsely editing Operators without their knowledge and permission. Creating UNSAFE conditions for us, the buses and the public!
Our Union Executive Board Officer, representing Powell has been working with management about the reports this schmuck edited and sent in. In one of the videos he shows a younger Operator wearing a Trimet cap standing at the front door supposedly asking him to leave but moments later he shows an older heavier Operator with white hair changing the window box numbers. He claims they’re the same person. That video’s been removed. hmmm…
Our Union Officer then wrote a short synopsis of the problem on an ATU 757 member only secure facebook site warning Operators about Jensen. He talked about 7 other Operators who came forward with similar horror stories. The Union guy was giving us a ‘heads up’ in case we encountered Jensen. Margulies, a member of that site, who actively participates in discussions, then removed the posting and sent it to Jensen. An act of betrayal against all Union members! Jensen then responded PUBLICLY, through his and Margulies’ blogs. Al also supplied him with a picture of the Union guy which was published as well. From Lane, I can understand this behavior. He appears to be someone with issues, perhaps ADA. But, without Margulies’ coaching, encouragement, support and facilitating a place to publish his and other bus groupies videos none of this would be an issue. Anyone can be trained on how to have “semi-famous” status by becoming a SENSATIONALIST. All’s you gotta do is publicly exploite friends, co-workers, Union members and complete strangers simply by following Margulies online program of self behavior. Monkey see monkey do. The fact remains, Margulies, who by all accounts wants us to believe he’s Mr. Solidarity, Mr. Union guy, everyone’s buddy and hero who cares so much more about our members then anyone else that he took Neil McFarlane to small claims court, IS ACTUALLY THE HYPOCRITE AMONG US!
As much as he advertised and commercialized the court case he filed against Neil McFarlane, Margulies couldn’t find anyone willing to go with him other then Lane Jensen. Two schmucks taking the head schmuck to Court! All three of ‘em harassing Union members! lol Saturday Night Live can’t write stuff like this! And then:
Not quite! As of this date, he and Margulies refuse to remove the audio/videos and recordings of Mark including the blog entry and picture of our Union Representative.
‘HYPOCRITES’ AMONG US:
Margulies states, “THE MEDIA LOVES TRIMET LEAD BY THE UNION BUSTER JOE ROSE!” He’s is right! Rose isn’t a friend of Unions. He’s refused to publish the Unions side including public record documents which show Trimet’s deficit is from Trimet executive salaries not negotiated employee health care benefits. The Oregonian should ALWAYS GIVE EQUAL TIME but they don’t! It’s yellow journalism. BUT, even though Margulies got it right he continues to pander to the enemy by providing him/them with information, even if that information disrespects and hurts the wishes of one of our members:
This screen shot was taken from an article Joseph Rose wrote about the stabbing on Oregonlive.com
. Margulies also sent a picture of himself and Leonard in order to bring further attention to himself. The image is a statement from Leonard thanking his customers and co-workers for support. In initial media reports, Leonard asked to remain anonymous. After Margulies supplied the Oregonian with Leonard’s name and the above statement, he then asked again that the media respect his privacy. Margulies then provided Rose and his blogging audience a copy of the dispatch call. In Margulies’ world, everything’s up for grabs. He doesn’t care how his actions impact others! The Union asked another member to remove his posting giving up the victim’s name and that member complied.
‘HYPOCRITES’ AMONG US:
A few years ago, Margulies was interviewed by KGW
. He was angry because he felt the media were judging all Operators by the actions of one. Check out the screen shots. Margulies does the same thing!
It’s all about gaining attention and ‘views’.
The image above illustrates the results of brain washing Margulies successfully creates in the minds of a couple of bus ‘groupies’. They rely on Trimet. I doubt their experiences on public transit is correctly articulated through their comments.
I’ll admit that not all of us are on the same page but 50% of us are NOT “stupid assholes!” We are a microcosm of the community in which we serve. Those few who disrespect their jobs, co-workers and the community are of the same numbers we transport. Those who get on the buses, assault us, steal from other passengers, lie about their fare, etc are 2 or 3%. When I started 20 years ago, training told us 1% will be problems. As the years progressed and times have gotten more difficult with the economy fading and fares increased, service cuts and our Governor refusing to stand behind the working class, the percentages may have risen by at least 1 or 2%. Everywhere I’ve worked it seemed we had a handfull of folks who should probably be somewhere else doing something else.
There will always be incidents because of the human factor, but at least 97% of us Operating Buses, Trolleys and Light Rail, mechanics and support staff are good honest conscientious tax paying citizens who care deeply about the quality of our work and the safety and comfort of our customers.
Mr. Margulies, and his ‘groupies’ do not represent Trimet Operators or Union Members. It would be to everyones advantage if he were to concentrate his efforts of harassment on those in management instead of the Operators, providing he has no over substantive hobbies to occupy his time during his retirement.
The last thing any of us needs right now is Angie LaPine audio/video taping on the buses, but here she is!