What's worse than the trackside foamers is the ones that manage to get hired!
Now, not ALL of them are like that
, but some of the militant fans DID manage to get on. Problem was, they came with all these pre-conceived notions of how the job was to be done, and neither the line employees nor the managers could tell 'em anything. They read
in one of the fan magazines, that was the way it was, and that was final.......................until the boss told them to "hit the road and don't let the door hit you in you-know-where"!
We had one that hired on as a clerk (I told you about him earlier) and just wouldn't listen to ANYBODY. His main trouble was, he could not sit still and DO his own job!!
The moment a train showed up, he had to be trackside. He'd disappear at times to be found standing out in the yard all ga-ga-eyed at a train when he was supposed be racking waybills and building outbounds! And WOE be unto the RR if a steam excursion arrived or one if the engines (4501, 611, 1218) was parked at the roundhouse; he'd find SOME excuse to get out there. Finally, after several warnings and written reprimands in his file (he couldn't even get his probation done without playing "Casey Jones!"), he was offered the choice of resigning of his own accord (to permit him to find other work; at least, they were being somewhat gracious about it), OR being FIRED.
These were the fans that made railroad managers swear that they would NEVER knowingly hire a rail buff and made it hard for those who were even the least bit enthused over trains despite the fact that there is a fine line between enthusiasm and fanaticism. If a hopeful applicant even mentioned that he "loves trains", it was OVER!
Railroad managers have long memories, and once an impression is made, it is rarely erased!