OS Douchebag of the Week nominee
One expects to encounter traffic on a holiday weekend. One should plan to make sure you allow enough time to get your destination. One should not drive during peak traffic hours. One would also expect that the government officials would staff adequately to ensure that delays are kept to a minimum.Don’t expect that to be the case if you traveled through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on the Massachusetts Turnpike this past Sunday night. Easter Sunday. A holiday. That comes every freaking year. Since overtime is bad, the toll booths on the turnpike were dramatically understaffed Sunday night. Now these morons were not the only ones culpable of incompetence.Some of the members of the union who staff the toll booths were allegedly “sick” Sunday night. Someone should tell the “brotherhood” that this infantile behavior doesn’t exactly help your case come negotiation time.So my normal 3 hour and 50 minute drive from the Boston suburbs to Westchester county took almost 5 hours. Was there thousands of cars wanting to get to Westchester? No. because they only had two, count ’em two toll collectors on duty during a high traffic time.But what about Fast Lane, the marketing term the Mass Pike uses to promote EZ Pass? Well I have an EZ Pass and if I could get around the bottleneck of cars to the freaking Fast Lane, I could be on my way thank you very much.Now let’s get to board and Executive Director of this organization. Nothing but legal and accounting and business degrees among this elite of Massachusetts elite. Can you say “billable hours.” Not a civil engineer among them. These bozos probably haven’t done an honest day’s work since getting out of school.The Mass Pike web site touts Mr. LeBovidge’s 32 years of financial and leadership experience. It appears based on my experience this past Sunday that this individual has one year of finance and leadership experience repated 32 times in a row. This nit wit doesn’t know that lots of people travel on Easter Sunday. He may have been competent at an accountant at Price Waterhouse Coopers, or as the tax collector of the state.He is certainly an incompetent as the leader of the largest highway system in Massachusetts. Laurence J. Peter would be both happy and sad to see that his “Peter Principle” is still alive and well.Before I approach apoplexy or what one would call a “10” on the Geoff Woollacott scale of justifiably indignant outrage, let me just say I suffered a minor inconvenience, compared to the drivers who were headed west on this highway. Like Elton John’s Levon, counting the headlights on the highway was a humbling experience. Cars in bumper to bumper traffic for up to 7 miles, just so they could go through a toll booth that was significantly understaffed. Nothing precluded the salaried managers from staffing the toll booths on Sunday. They w adidas shoes ere nowhere to be found.I’m sure Alan LeBovidge is good at counting the quarters, nickel and dimes at this agency. Put the green eye shade down, please, and step away from your desk. Time for these desk jockeys to get up off their keisters and go serve the public.It might give them a better understanding about who they should be serving, other than themselves. He’s got nothing on this guy. I got my EZ Pass from Maine and the customer service people from adidas shoes great service for those of us who are now “from away”.bluesurly the highway system around Boston is so underbuilt for the volume it handles.For those of us who want less, we remark on all these unaccounta adidas shoes ble government employee’s who will make our lives unbearable, when given unlimited power over the rest of us. [See China, Cuba, Russia, etc. etc.]Those who want more government swear up down [I finally got this] that it won’t happen here! They personally won’t let it happen. Maybe in other countries, but not here. So let’s give it a shot.Big gap. Rated.fab this could have been averted by using common sense and a sense of civic duty. the hubris by this group is astounding. From the Boston Globe yesterday, “LeBovidge said he has no plans to change the policy and tha adidas shoes t he is hoping more drivers sign up for a Fast Lane account to ease the traffic flow. Slow downs because of high volume or accidents don;t make me angry. Political gamesmanship ticks me off.Deborah I’m pretty sure we don’t see eye to eye when it comes to government’s involvement in our lives. Robert Moses demonstrated this hubris in the 20th century in New York. Only public opinion and outrage and public humiliation is the only way to deal with these incompetents.Kathy Ticking voters off is not the way to go.As I recall from friends in the area, no sensible person gets their EZ pass in Mass. NH and NY have better deals and work on the Mass turnpike.I just got back from Tunisia. Their toll booths didn’t tell you the price until you got to the booth and then you had to look. On the other hand, their highways were not crowded.Traveling in or out of Moscow generally takes an hour more than it should. I’m continually surprised as my navigator finds a route of only a few kilometers to my destination and the trip takes well over 45 minutes.