One could say that pushing a woman down the Fullerton station stairs and killing her as you run with a snatched iPhone is the most extreme example of a lack of civility on the CTA.
The civil thing to do is to respect your neighbor's property and not steal.
- The civil thing to do is to respect another's space and not knock them down just because you are in a rush to flee a crime scene.
- The civil thing to do is to help a person to her feet if you happen to knock her down.
But the iPhone thief at the Fullerton station last Monday was not civil at all. He was and is a murdering thug.
Then I got to thinking about all the uncivil things I see every day on the CTA.
And while I know that most of these uncivil things we do are not
unlawful like theft and murder is, I can't help but think if we stopped
doing them, our quality of life would be infinitely better.
Can we agree to be a little more civil to each other on the CTA by:
- Stepping out of the train doorway onto the platform so others can exit.
- Moving to the rear of the bus.
- Moving to the center and ends of the train car.
- Not blocking/standing in the rear exit of a bus.
- Using earphones for all music, videos, etc.
- Keeping the volume at a reasonable level, even with earbuds.
- Offering a seat to anyone who looks like he/she may need it more than you.
What else can you offer to garner more civility on the CTA?