September 3, 2004
Sir, Don't Kick the Train . . . for Your Safety
I heard this announcement over the train PA riding home tonight: sir, don't kick the train . . . for your safety.
At first I imagined the situation which would cause a person to kick a subway car. Easy, person makes a mad dash to get on the train and the doors close just before he/she can get on. Kick the train to express frustration annoyance. I doubt a person could damage one of those cars, but I can understand the conductor (or MBTA in general) not wanting people to kick the trains.
But give me a break with the "for your safety" bit. That is annoying in so many ways. First, I can't imagine how it's a hazard to the kicker (broken toe?). Second, it sounds like if the kicking were only a bit more safe the MBTA would allow it. Third, my mom said something like that to me when I was in the 3rd grade ("it's for your own good").
Is it so bad to say "Sir, Please don't kick the train" and leave it at that?
Posted by mike at September 3, 2004 5:58 PM