Today on the Red Line: Food

Today while waiting for the Metro Red Line a security officer approached a young woman and asked her to put her food away. He said something like “you aren’t going to make me ticket you, are you?”

I’m sure it happens all the time. It’s almost unreasonable that food and drink are prohibited aboard the metro. But, for some reason it is a ticket-able offense.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve longed to bring a cup of coffee along with me for the ride. I can drink during the commute in my car. Why not aboard a train?

My guess is that it has something to do with keeping the trains clean. It’s like those friends who have new carpet and refuse to allow you to wear shoes when you visit. They are trying to keep their investment new and clean for as long as possible.

I get it. I treat new stuff the same way. Unfortunately, it can’t be new forever. Things get old. And, the trains are definitely looking old. Maybe it’s time to give in.

Or, perhaps there’s another solution. Hear me out.

Give tickets to people who litter.

Give tickets to people who don’t pay to ride.

If we control both of those issues I bet food trash will cease to be a problem and I can enjoy my peaceful commute with a warm cup of coffee. It’s a win win situation. What do you think?

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