Megan Megaphone and Seat Hog Sam are two of the stars of a new trading card
campaign -- CTA-HOLES -- "examining (in)civility aboard the Chicago
Joe Jarvis, the man behind the guerrilla campaign against loud cellers,
seat hogs and other etiquette busters, has conceived and produced a set
of four trading cards depicting these CTA-HOLES in their despicable acts. He's leaving them on seats of various bus and train lines.
"These characters touch on many of the suggestions that you [CTA Tattler] offered in your April 5 post on CTA civility," Joe said.
"I created the cards in hopes of starting a conversation about how we
treat each other on the CTA," said Joe via email. "I believe -- or at
least try hard to
believe -- that most uncivil behavior results from a lack of awareness.
Megan Megaphone most likely has no idea that she's diminishing her
fellow passengers' quality of life by using her outside voice on her
"So the cards aim for two audiences. First, we have the
people who already pay attention to how their actions impact others. The
cards ask these folks, "What should we do? Should we confront rude
behavior, or say nothing and allow the incivility to continue?"
we have the folks whose behavior inspired the CTA-HOLES characters.
Maybe they'll come across the cards on buses and trains, recognize their
alter egos, and consider the significant impact that each of us has on
Look for the cards on bus routes (73, 50, 56, 66) and train lines (Brown, Blue) that Joe frequents. Joe asks that you Tattler readers make suggestions for particular CTA areas that could use a little more civility.
(Cards, captions by Joe Jarvis, incivilian.net)