TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY STREETCAR CRITIC ALLEGES TOY TRAIN SUPPORTERS ENGAGED IN WORKPLACE INTIMIDATION!!!
Tonight a KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTER sends a shocking note our way that reveals the FRIGHTENINGLY HOSTILE Kansas City discourse online when it comes to discussion of the toy train streetcar.
To wit . . .
RIGHT NOW . . . A KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN CRITIC CLAIMS THAT STREETCAR SUPPORTERS CONTACTED HIS EMPLOYER AND HE WAS REPRIMANDED FOLLOWING AN ONLINE DISAGREEMENT!!!
Here is the note FRIGHTENING note sent our way tonight and only slightly edited . . .
"TKC, I want you to keep my information private but it's important that your readers know what kind of reprehensible people are promoting the streetcar online . . .
Last week I thought I had a heated but still informative debate with a streetcar supporter online regarding the merits of Phase II. I simply noted that the expense of the first TDD was far too high and that I hoped the voting mechanism this time around would be a real public vote and not a secret take home ballot like the first time around. Of course the guy slammed me for not supporting public transit but I held my ground. I informed ############ that I not only take the bus but I'm also an avid user of the new Kansas City b-cycle service.
Well, this morning my boss had a chat with me about two e-mails that were forwarded to him with screen captures that totally misrepresented my points and didn't show the full context of the argument.
What kind of COWARD would do something like that? They lost their argument online and so they try to get me fired? Is that the kind of economic development the streetcar is going to bring KC?
Well, thankfully my employer is a good man and he gave me time to look up he exchange and we examined it together. He saw that I was not saying anything inappropriate and I changed his mind that the streetcar was a good idea. After this encounter I have blocked streetcar supporters from my facebook and twitter accounts. I need my job and I don't think that because I speak out on a political issue is a reason to threaten my livelihood . . .
I'm sending this to your blog because people need to know the depths to which streetcar supporters will stoop and they might also face danger if they get into an online disagreement."
Now, before you dismiss this KICK-ASS TKC EXCLUSIVE . . . Remember that there is precedent for this behavior given that last year there was a nasty de facto boycott was launched against STRETCH for his opposition to the toy train. Luckily, streetcar supporters weren't able to have any impact on his business . . . But this M.O. doesn't seem out of line from other streetcar supporters UNRELATED to this particular argument.
Currently, the protection of anonymous online speech is a battle that continues to rage but so far free speech protections and the courts have sided with Internets freedom. That might not always be the case but THIS story reminds us why anonymous comments are important give that Kansas City politicos take their debating VERY personal and attempt to silence and seek retribution against anyone who would disagree in public.