A World Bank employee is catching heat on Twitter after she tried to snitch on a DC Metro employee for eating on the train
The woman, Natasha Tynes, first caught the attention of Twitter users on Friday when she sent a tweet to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), complaining about a black Metro employee who was eating. Tynes included a photograph of the Black woman, whose face was hidden, but could be seen wearing her uniform.
“When you’re on your morning commute & see [WMATA] employee in UNIFORM eating on the train. I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train,” she wrote in the now deleted tweet. “This is unacceptable.”
She continued, “Hope [WMATA] responds. When I asked the employee about this, her response was, ‘worry about yourself.’”
When WMATA responded by asking for more details of the whereabouts of the incident, Tynes did not hesitate to share.
Tynes, who self-identifies ar Jordanian America, was immediately dragged for a good chunk of the day. Many called her out for using her privilege to try ensure the WMATA employee would lose her job. Others pointed out the failure of solidarity among women of color.
By the end of the day, Tynes, who is also a writer, lost the book distribution deal for her upcoming book. Rare Bird Books, the distribution company, said that her actions were “truly horrible.”
“Black women face a constant barrage of this kind of inappropriate behavior directed toward them and a constant policing of their bodies,” the statement read.
“We are currently taking appropriate actions to cancel Tynes’ novel, “They Called me Wyatt,” within our distribution network and are strongly urging Tynes’ publisher, California Coldblood, to consider other appropriate actions.”
Tynes took to social media later to apologize, saying that she was “truly sorry.”
According to WUSA9, WMATA said late Friday it was fully aware of the social media firestorm and would be issuing a statement on the matter.