People of the CTA! Can we all please promise to just be a little nicer to each other, and particularly to CTA employees? In the last month, there has been a rash of assaults on CTA bus drivers.
In late June, a man was charged with exposing himself to a driver in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood. just a few days later, another man boarded the #85A North Central bus and accused the driver of not picking him up. Then he threw a cup of coffee in the driver’s face and began punching him. The driver is said to be scarred for life.
Now I see why the CTA installed those shields on the driver’s side.
And then there are those who put themselves in harm’s way or just end up there.
A 26-year-old Glenview man returning from the Gay Pride Parade last week fell off the Howard platform and electrocuted himself on the third rail. Awful.
And how about the 25-year-old from Orland Hills who had his phone snatched at the Belmont station. When he chased the two perpetrators into an alley outside the station, the perps starting beating him up as a crowd a 15 to 20 people gathered round to watch.
Way to man up, people of the CTA!
Finally, stupidity often can cause long train delays, such as happened last Sunday when some doofus left a suitcase on the Dempster Yellow Line platform and boarded the train. Skokie police shut down service in both directions while investigating what was in the suitcase.
Try not to be stupid people. And don’t assault drivers. And please watch your step on the platforms.