Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Metro spokesman Dan Stessel started one day *after* Metro issued ugly "falling out of his wheelchair" statement. I think.

It was on Sunday night that Metro issued the statement that included the line "The patron resisted arrest which resulted in him falling out of his wheelchair." We don't know the exact circumstances of the whole thing, but anyone who has watched the video knows Metro's statement is disgusting. And not true.

Who let these words through? Turns out Metro was in the midst of a change, with Dan Stessel replacing Lisa Farbstein as the communications head. Stessel was busy winning us over this morning; he has a guest post on UnSuckDCMetro. I mean, that's kind of cool.

Stessel lists his start date as May 23, Monday. So I'm going to assume he wasn't there on Sunday night when whoever in the media department wrote, or let through, the "falling out of his wheelchair" language. Stessel should set a tone for his team so they know such offensive stuff that insults our intelligence won't be tolerated.


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