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January 10th, 2008


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08:59 am - EFFORT!
The MBTA/MBCR/Dog-And-Monkey Show that is Boston's commuter rail system is notorious for consistently late trains, unexplained service delays, trains with windows so scratched and element-worn that you can't see out of them (well, that part is being fixed in some of them) and just overall poor and frustrating customer service. These problems are further compounded every time some spokesman comes out and says "Yay for us! We're doing better than ever! Look! Here are some numbers and graphs!" The commuters waiting an extra half hour in the rain to board a late train that's already packed to the gills have declared they indeed know where the spokespeople can put their numbers and graphs.

So it's no surprise that a commuter would be so disgruntled as to scrawl a friendly invective-laden message to the MBTA on one of the trains. The graffiti in question politely requested that the transit authority "FIX THIS SHIT".

And it's no surprise that the transit authority would not want this message going around on its rolling stock, right? First, it's profane, okay, can't have the Tiny Tots looking at those words, and second, it's the train's equivalent of writing "WASH ME" in the dust on the back of someone's car. It's embarrassing to have that message follwing you around, though it may provide the impetus for you to actually go and spray your car with a hose. Perhaps our friend who wrote "FIX THIS SHIT" on the train was hoping it'd work on the same principle.

But the message just could not stay on the train. The transit authority proactively made the decision to save face and dispatched one of its finest maintenance workers who, with bucket of gray paint in one hand and brush in the other, set out to remove the offending message.

Here are the fruits of their labor.

I can't say anything else. This pretty much sums up the entire commuter rail issue in Boston in one fell brushstroke. Or maybe they took the time to actually apply two.
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From:rigel
Date:January 10th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Now the only thing wrong with it is its grammar!
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From:resk
Date:January 10th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
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That photo is king hillarious!
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From:derspatchel
Date:January 10th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
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No it!
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From:derspatchel
Date:January 10th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
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And that's 50 marks to House Hahathor for the silent ref.
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From:byrneout
Date:January 10th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Jeez, everyone blames the IT department.
From:zhym
Date:January 10th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
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I really really want to go write "ED" where the "SH" was painted over.
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From:ladivinafemme
Date:January 10th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
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HAHAHAHAHA! For the past two weeks I've been sitting in the same seat on my Worcester train, with "VAGINA" scrawled on the back of the seat in front of me. Now I'm wondering what letters I should maroon-out or add. Any suggestions?
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From:susskins
Date:January 10th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
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White out the INA.
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From:quodlibetic
Date:January 11th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
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Add a second word: DENTATA.

:)
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From:ladivinafemme
Date:January 11th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
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quodlibetic FTW! XD
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From:maga_dogg
Date:January 10th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
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One might even suspect that the lowly bucket-minion was of one mind with his paint-applying contemporary. Possibly, I don't know, harbouring a perverse and archaic desire to work for an employer about whom he might justifiably harbour feelings other than deep, abiding shame.
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From:susskins
Date:January 10th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
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cking brilliant!
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From:grendelyn
Date:January 10th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
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HOW DARE THEY CENSOR ME!!!
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From:cursethedark
Date:January 11th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
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That is comedy.

I never got the chance to take the Purple Line when I was out in Boston. Now I feel like I missed out. (Initially, my plan was to take it to Providence, get out, yell "SCREW YOU, RHODE ISLAND!"), then get back in.)

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