The scolding motorwoman slaps her passengers -- verbally of course

Once again this week, my Red Line motor(wo)man was irritated and let us passengers know about it a few times.

“Passengers, please keep your hands and feet out of the doorways when the doors are closing!”

OK, I get it, especially just a couple of months after one passenger inserted her kid and stroller in the closing doors, and soon found her kid on the train bed. But do you have to be so mean in such a scolding voice?

Then, just two stops later, there was this admonition:

“Passengers, please mind your children. The platforms are very dangerous so please watch out for your children.”

Honestly, I’ve never heard that my 20-plus years of CTA commuting. Not that’s it’s an unimportant reminder. Just a first.


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  • Especially when they yell into the microphone and blast all our ears to smithereens. All to admonish one person.

  • In reply to scottknitter:

    Would you prefer that Mr. CTA say it in his dulcet tones, so people can ignore it (like every message after every stop)?

    Maybe the CTA should give an award for the one operator who actually wants to protect her passengers or save the CTA from further personal injury liability.

  • In reply to jack:

    I don't object to the messages, just the high volume. But I understand that there's frustration or annoyance propelling the motorman's voice to a high volume level. Still startling and hard on the ears.

  • In reply to jack:

    This seems to be an el-wide initiative. I ride the orange line and have noticed that every train I've been on this week has had conductors coming on to tell riders at every stop not to try to get in the doors while they are closing.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yeah I've noticed it on EVERY train this week too. And I've also noticed that they say it in a mean way on EVERY train!

  • In reply to avondale3:

    I guess in their defense, if I had to say the same exact thing at every stop for an entire shift, whether or not I encountered problems, I'd probably sound pissed off too.

  • In reply to scottknitter:

    I obviously wasn't there to hear the tone of voice or delivery, but I really don't have a problem with these types of messages. If people are doing things that are unsafe or outside the rules, it's the operator's responsibility to speak up and do something about it. The operator doesn't have the luxury from the front of the train to direct their announcement to a single person, unless they were to say, "Ahem, you, in the blue sweater in the fourth car...", but I'm pretty sure they're advised against doing that. :)

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