Honolulu is considering an ordinance that would make it illegal to “bring onto transit property odors that unreasonably disturb others or
interfere with their use of the transit system, whether such odors
arise from one’s person, clothes, articles, accompanying animal or any
A violator could be thrown off the bus and issued a ticket by cops. If convicted, the person could be fined up to $500, spend up to six months in jail, or be both fined and jailed. The city council in Hawaii’s capital city will take up the proposed ordinance today.
But should the CTA ask for a similar ordinance here in our fair clime? The CTA says it will not. I mean, how do you legislate smelliness? Isn’t that something that would be in the nose of the besmeller?
And sure, there are the stinky homeless people, but what about the Gold Coast matron who boards the #22 Clark dripping in obnoxious perfume? To me, that’s just as offensive as the unclean homeless dude.
There are plenty of people I would like to see banned from buses, but I don’t think stinky folks are the biggest problems on the CTA.
Now, since the CTA is always looking for rnew revenue opportunities, here’s a chance to get sponsorships from deodorant companies. For instance, AXE could take over an entire rail car or bus with ads, with spritzer containers at the doors for folks to try some.
Of course, this idea has caught the eye of other media types, including WBBM-TV2 News, which interviewed me on the subject early this morning. Also, the Tribune’s own John Kass has his say on the subject, with some thoughts from yours truly as well.