CHICAGO (CBS) — The CTA admits it is using hidden cameras to crack down on employees who should be working, but some employees say they are placing the cameras in places they shouldn’t be.I suppose that grabbing wink or two is the Progressive equivalent of sticking nickels in a Bull Durham sack. I am old enough to remember old timers who drove buses and streetcars. They referred to the art of Transit Larceny by an individual as being a 'Bull Durham Operator.' On each route, a few nickels went home with the guy who spirited fares into a Bull Durham tobacco sack. A greedy pig of a Transit worker would eventually get caught and find another City Hall gig.
The CTA claims that the cameras are part of an effort to crack down on waste, in this case employees sleeping on the job, and worse. . . .
Nowadays, the thieves wear Brooks Brothers and get paid in checks with more zeroes than the Japanese air-force. Or, if you read the Chicago papers and watch WTTW, the real thieves take naps after punching in to work. I don't buy that crap.
I watch City workers everyday- cops, firemen, garbage men, water crews, teachers, bus and L drivers and the CTA repair crews on the Red, Orange, Blue, Brown, Pink and Mauve lines. They do work. They do work. They do, work. There's no Siesta in public service! There is bid rigging, insider trading, fraud and all manner of contract opportunism. Speaking of fraud and opportunism, let's turn to a paragon -CTA Boss Forrest Claypool.
I have long perceived Forrest Claypool to be a shameless moocher, a callow opportunist and really talent-challenged guy; now, in this second disturbing action ( the first being the Claypool Pee-Watch on CTA Workers c. 2011) reported by CBS 2's Jay Levine I must add . . .really creepy.
My perceptions are based upon actual physical empirical encounters with this thin-gruel government job-hopper; I watched Park District Commissioner shake down a girl working in the Special Events Department for VIP passes to Petrillo Band Shell performances acts open to the general public - but somewhat distant and without the VIP post-performance feed. It was painful to watch . . . you know, like a kid who beefs that his brother's birthday cake was better. I have watched Forrest attend political events and fund-raisers for and by the people whom he would immediately stab in the back (too numerous to mention) and bad mouth to the ever useful Carol Marin. I have followed the weasel-slick career of Forrest Claypool as he parlayed his way from Harold Washington to Rahm, always with a sense that there truly is no there, there.
I mean Andy Shaw endorsed Forrest. Me? I think he is probably a great guy, when he's at home. Maybe not now, though.
Now, we hear that Ventra Boy the Micturating Bombardier has place peep-hole cameras in the locker and break rooms of CTA employees. The idea is to find victims, when the public comes calling for answers about screw-ups that Forrest had his paws all over.
You see, Progressives have and always will hate and despise working men and women. They love poor people, because they are commodity and could not name two persons in poverty. Working people, especially skilled trades people are always and always will be the target of Investigative News Teams, Chuck Goudis, Peep-hole Operator and Progressives like Forrest Claypool.
Some guy sleeping off a hangover in the cab of Water Department Dump Truck must be exposed for the villain he is; some woman taking a bit too long in the Ladies Room really steams Forrest Claypool's clams and some kid taking a gander at the porn his supervisor downloaded requires a public chastisement.
The fact that this over-hired and over-paid Voyeur is setting up working people with cameras in their locker and break rooms is not new, but very consistent. Forrest announced his 'crime fighting camera installations' last February; at the time, it was in response to thugs on the bus. Now, we know that is just another attack on the middle class - the people who actually work for a living on the City's nickel.
Camera's never catch career grifters.