The San Francisco Bay Area commuter train system’s General Manager has promptly apologized and issued a statement regarding an incident that happened just last Monday, after a commuter had been handcuffed for eating a sandwich in one of their platforms.
According to the reports from the CBS San Francisco, the train station had received wide backlash especially to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and its police department due to the incident and how the situation had been improperly handled.
The incident occurred just last November 4, where at around 8AM in the morning, a report from the Pleasant Hill station had been issued to look for a drunk woman. The officer who had been patrolling the area had been doing the search, but instead of the woman, he spotted a man eating a breakfast sandwich in the platforms, which is against the permitted rules.
Being unable to find the woman, the officer focused his attention to the man who had continued to eat his sandwich despite the warning. After writing a citation, he then proceeded to handcuff the man, later identified as Steven Foster.
The officer also said that Foster had resisted arrest, and stating that he was detained because of non-cooperation. A video had been shared pertaining to the incident, which led to mass criticism over the officer’s seemingly unjust actions.
BART general manager Bob Powers said in his statement: "As a transportation system our concern with eating is related to the cleanliness of our stations and system. This was not the case in the incident at Pleasant Hill station on Monday."
"Enforcement of infractions such as eating and drinking inside our paid area should not be used to prevent us from delivering on our mission to provide safe, reliable, and clean transportation," the statement continues.
Powers finally ends the statement with how he was "disappointed how the situation unfolded. I apologize to Mr. Foster, our riders, employees, and the public who have had an emotional reaction to the video."
When asked if Fosters would still eat on BART again, he simply says "Hell yeah! If I'm hungry, I'm going to eat."