In the past couple of weeks I have witnessed a couple incidents of bad behavior on the CTA. And actually, it was illegal, prohibited behavior.
On Dec. 3, I witnessed someone trying to get passengers to play the shell game. I called the motorman on the speaker in the same car and told him. He made the announcement that gambling was prohibited, and told him to stop. He did, but not before threatening me as he exited the car: “You’re a snitch. Don’t you know what happens to snitches?”
And last week, I smelled cigarette smoke on a Red Line car, and saw a man smoking. I walked up to him and said, “Smoking is not allowed on the CTA. You have to put out that cigarette.”
He stared at me with a blank look, but did put out the cigarette. He appeared to be mentally ill.
Finally, someone was doing something that was not illegal, but just very rude. He was taking up two seats with bags on the seat next to him. I said, “Excuse me, may I sit down.”
He got all all huffy, and made a big show of moving his stuff. But he did, and I sat down.
I’ve done this many times before: Asked rude people to move their bags or coat so I could sit down.
And what about you? Would you confront a passenger to sit down? Or ask him to stop smoking?
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