Diabetic excluded from TriMet, fights ban

Anthony Pitts had a diabetic reaction on a MAX train, and woke up to find he was excluded from riding TriMet for 60 days. There is a hearing set for August 15. (July 25, 2013, KOIN 6 News)
Anthony Pitts had a diabetic reaction on a MAX train, and woke up to find he was excluded from riding TriMet for 60 days. There is a hearing set for August 15. (July 25, 2013, KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Anthony Pitts is a diabetic, and on July 11 his blood sugar level was so low he passed out while taking the MAX home. He woke up in an ambulance and found a TriMet exclusion notice in his backpack.

That exclusion notice — due to “criminal activity” —  states he cannot ride TriMet buses or trains for 60 days.

“My blood sugar was too low and when your blood sugar is too low you pass out. You’re incoherent. You don’t know what’s going on around you,” Pitts told KOIN 6 News.

This letter shows Anthony Pitts had a blood glucose level of 28 when he passed out on a MAX train in a diabetic reaction. (July 25, 2013, KOIN 6 News)
This letter shows Anthony Pitts had a blood glucose level of 28 when he passed out on a MAX train in a diabetic reaction. (July 25, 2013, KOIN 6 News)

He has a letter from the doctor who treated him at Legacy Emanuel asking for the exclusion to be reversed.

Though TriMet officials would not go on camera with KOIN 6 News, a spokeswoman sent an email that said Pitts was actually awake and not responding to a supervisor.

“A background check showed Mr. Pitts had a prior incident of fare evasion so the supervisor wrote up an exclusion, which is standard procedure,” the TriMet email to KOIN 6 News said in part. “When someone is not responding to questions or commands, it can be difficult to tell if they are doing so on purpose or if the person may be having a medical emergency.”

The TriMet spokesperson said if Pitts can bring them a doctor’s note, the exclusion will be waived. There is a hearing set on Aug. 15.

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