“…she stopped paying close attention to his words and when at red lights, examined the rain drops spattering on the windshield so intently that she almost stared right through them. Each drop seemed stuck on the glass, until another drop landed on it and they rolled down the window together, ending in a climactic splash.”
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newest post on the cultural juggernaut blog, on public space in the ny subway and who’s allowed to use it
3. Nothing fills you with more rage than getting on a crowded subway car and suddenly hearing, “It’s showtime!”
When this happens, I become the WORST version of myself.
I’m not a New Yorker and I’d be so pissed.
I think this kind of rage is common to mass transit-y places.
Example: I’ve twice been on a DC metro train when this one man decided it was his mission to VERY LOUDLY IN THE MORNING sing hymns ON EACH CAR. That’s right, at each station, he gets off the car he was on and moves down to the next one in the train.
It was way too early for that kind of intrusion, and everyone was angry.
I am pretty much done with this planet.
Um excuse me wat?
i know this is old but it’s my first time reading it and i just
OH. MY. GOD.
From the article:
The Manhattan DA’s office had argued that the “human wall” created by the subway’s crowded conditions resulted in conditions where the girl was trapped and Mack’s size and actions constituted “forcible compulsion.” But a judge, Justice Renee White, threw out felony charges against Mack, ruling, “The mere close presence of many other passengers in the train is not sufficient to establish the requisite use of forcible compulsion by the defendant,” and then the Court of Appeals’ majority decision felt that there wasn’t enough evidence that Mack used “physical force” and that the 14-year-old felt “threatened.”
Perhaps Vance should invite the Appeals Court justices for a ride on a rush hour subway so they can experience the horror of a crowded train car and then make a decision about whether a 14-year-old girl, half the size of a man twice her age, might feel threatened. In the meantime, ladies—wear full-body rain gear.
hahahahaha they didn’t even put Philadelphia on here
because it would look like sadness.
You might say that I’m not a fan of SEPTA.
To be fair, my issue is mostly that their Regional Rail system is kind of dirty, kind of unreliable, and SUPER expensive (I think similar trips, measured in time, cost something like half as much on the much cleaner DC Metro), but that one time I took the Philadelphia subway wasn’t so great. And actually, the underground rail system is pretty paltry compared to other cities, so I feel like my Regional Rail experience tells me plenty about SEPTA as a whole.