Walking down many hallways at a place of higher learning, passing classrooms, taking peeks into the open doors, i sometimes catch people trying to pay attention to the front of the room. occasionally lingering next to open doors that are holding boardroom meetings, or special lectures lets you hear some interesting things. Yesterday there was a room full of adults who were being coached on how to handle a specific situation when working for their current employer. It was a train company, who should probably remain anonymous, that was trying to inform its train conductors on what situations they may encounter while behind-the-lever, so to speak. There was some mundaine items on the list, however there were a few that really leapt out at me as "classroom worthy".
Three such items were what to do with children that have been purposefully left behind by their parents. techniques on how to approach them and keep them calm while buying time for the local authorities to arrive. another item was what to do when you walk in on a room that has a dead body in it, and how to tell if it was of natural or accidental cause, or if it was suicide, and how to deal with the shock of something like that. they also mentioned finding people engaged in sexual congress, and a joke was made about perhaps letting them miss their exit and locking them in the train. I immediately thought that the chairs would be all crusty with bodily fluids by the next morning. hearing this makes me wonder how many times these events actually come to pass, and which happen most, and at what frequency. i wondered what items were left off the list, or that i didn't stick around to hear. do they carry weapons to fend off attackers? perhaps even ways to tell if the pirates riding your train actually intend to steal your booty or not? signs to look for if a solitary emo kid that hops on the train looking like Robert Smith with down syndrome?
Who knows what train conductors actually go through. I'm only saying that because i don't watch the reality show that is probably on the air which depicts such people at work.