A Chicago woman was asked to remove her pin-code as part of Amtrak’s “policy” against it to create friction with other passengers.
Amtrak is in the middle of a political controversy after an Amtrak employee told a passenger she had to remove the pin.
Melissa Stone was on board a train to Seattle from Chicago on Friday afternoon with her partner, Chase McClure. The couple were making the 45 minute trip to Washington to celebrate their 10-year anniversary.
But when the Stone tried to the board of directors, an Amtrak employee stopped her and asked her to remove her “Love is a word of hate” pin before you get on the train.
I was just told that I had to remove my political button before you board my @Amtrak train because it is “federally funded” #America #facisism ?? pic.twitter.com/8o30Eq4Z9h
— Melissa (@feytwee) 27 October 2017
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Stone and McClure told DNAinfo she thought at first that the female worker was joking with them.
“When she said that I was stunned and thought that they misunderstood the pin,” McClure told DNAinfo. “She explained that this is a policy of Amtrak, for the participants in order to prevent the friction between the passengers.”
In her post on Twitter, Stone said the employee told her the railroad “federally funded” and therefore could not allow her to wear a political pin.
Shortly after the Stone is informed about the incident on social media, the couple reached Amtrak and confirmed with Amtrak, the Manager of the Services on Board, that there is no policy banning political pins on board their trains.
Another Amtrak spokesman, Marc Magliari, said officials reached Stone to apologize for what happened, and explain that the employee understood the company’s policy prohibits disruptive passengers.
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McClure said on Facebook: “if someone inline in front of us was told to remove their MAGA hat, we would just so pissed off right now.”
It is unclear whether the employee will receive disciplinary action.