Yea I know what pilots need to do im just surprised that they would not handle any more traffic even though one called in just before closing time.
Be advised, a controller in the U.S. has legal protection, should something happen to that aircraft, during normal hours of operation for his facility. Not after it closes. He's then on his own. Although I've heard it said that the govt will back the controller up, considering the current state of affairs of the FAA, most controllers will not take that chance. If a pilot declares an emergency, or an Air Carrier requests that you stay open longer, it can be done on a case by case basis, but not just because an airplane or two call up and want to land.
Considering the fact that one transmission from a controller can cause loss of life immediately, having someone, be they teacher or Navy, diss a controller because of his trying to explain the state of affairs to the general public, is wrong. Additionally, who would want to be responsible for numerous lives for $9 an hour. This job does take it's toll. I realize that there are many out there that are saying "Put me in coach" and I applaud your enthusiasm, but keep in mind the huge variance between say 'plastic or paper' and 'cross Wakem at and maintain 10000, 250 kts. traffic a dc9 twelve o'clock and five miles at 9000.'