MTA Police Officer Let’s Bum Skip Fare

Posted on September 18th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Bums, This just in, Transit Failures

I saw it with my own eyes.  My jaw dropped to the ground.

I’m sure you’ve seen a homeless person with a stack of used MetroCards standing at a turnstile swiping away in hopes to find a card with a ride still left on it.  I do applaud them for trying to be legal about getting in the subway.  Have to hand it to them there.

However, today I saw an MTA cop just let a guy in because he was tired of seeing the guy swipe (not the guy pictured above). 

It wasn’t even that busy.  The cop said, “You know what, just stop.  Come through.”  

With that, he opened the emergency door and let the guy through.

An act of kindness, perhaps.  However, if anyone else did that, he’d take pleasure in writing them a summons.  

The bottom line was he was just tired of hearing that high pitch ring of the cards being denied.


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  1. Jose said on September 23rd, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    There is no such thing as an MTA Cop in the NYC Subway. The subway is patrolled by the New York City Police Department; MTA Police patrol Grand Central, Metro-North and the LIRR

  2. Jim Monahan said on December 22nd, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    There are also alot of undercover cops. They usually travel in groups of two and I saw a team snag a guy for pan handling.

  3. JP said on January 6th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Hmm… that “high pitch ring of the cards being denied” is also the same high pitch ring of the cards being accepted. Why don’t they use a different tone? They must think its funny when someone someone rams their crotch into the turnstile because they just listened for a tone instead of looking at the little display screen.

  4. Tyler Parkman said on September 3rd, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Yeah I know what you mean but it’s really a sad thing to see. Surely, there must be another form of help for them?? Suggestions?

  5. baby shower wording said on September 3rd, 2009 at 3:01 am

    I haven’t spotted an MTA Cop in the NYC Subway for years!!! There’s plenty of undercover cops so I believe but it’s mostly carried out by the New York City Police Department… :-)

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