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Recently one night while on my way home while riding the good old MTA, I happened to be watching an episode unfold in which a bus driver was engaged in an argument with a passenger who didn’t have the fare to ride the bus. The passenger was giving excuses as to why he didn’t have the money and why the bus driver should let him ride for free. I sat back observing and listening to the exchange thinking to myself I hope this doesn’t turn out be a live event like the video I’d seen of an incident in Cleveland where a bus driver got into it with a passenger who he eventually punched in the face and threw off the bus.
The gist of the exchange was that this nonpaying rider was trying to justify being a bum and telling the bus operator that the employees of the MTA get to ride for free so why should he care about him not paying the fare. I thought to myself this idiot is incredulous. He couldn’t possibly have said what he just said out loud. Of course it wasn’t a dream it was reality and he in fact was dead serious with his comments. Now as a fare paying rider I found it stupefying and maddening that our growing youth are becoming more maggot like in attitude and thinking every day. The bus driver’s voice began to reflect an irritated tone the more this idiot spoke during their exchange.
Now as I stated in the previous MTA Etiquette 101. I believe wholeheartedly that if you don’t have the money to pay the fare for the bus you should walk or borrow the $2.25 to ride period. I find it highly offensive and disgusting when freeloaders are allowed to ride for free at the expense of the fare paying riding public. Especially when they can display cell phones and expensive Beats by Dre headphones (which retail for over $300) but not the requisite $2.25 to get where they are going.
The bus operator expressed this exact sentiment to this particular freeloader. After hearing the guy make a remark to the effect of it’s not costing you anything to let me ride what’s the big deal? The operator said “Ain’t nothing free! You really believe what you’re saying?! Ain’t nothing free!! How about the people who pay the fare to ride? Because of people like you they have to pay more to use the bus and train because people like you feel that you shouldn’t pay your fare!At that moment I’m both thinking it and saying it out loud to myself, every time there’s a fare hike on the MTA it’s because of these free loading maggots.
I happen to ride the MTA almost everyday like most NYC residents or commuters and any extra money that has to come out of my pocket is an unwanted event, especially when you consider the fact that this is preventable if others were responsible, unselfish fare paying riders. It seems like every year or two the MTA proposes a fare hike and this monster has no designs on slowing down. The working class must galvanize to fight this unfairness. The problem most definitely has its roots in MTA employees allowing free-loaders and not enforcing fare collection as well as corruption (misappropriation of revenue or waste) which we all know is rampant in any civil or government agency. How can they justify increasingly crowded trains and buses and increasing fares without showing us the fare paying public why these increases are so frequent and what they are doing to combat the problem?
In my opinion it seems like everyone turns a blind eye to the situation and says let the working class pay for everything. Wages are not on the rise to match the increasing costs of living. This speaks to a larger part of the decay in the values and character that was once an asset and credit to this country the U.S.A. Hardworking people still do make this economy go but the sad reality is there are far too many spoiled, lazy, selfish people who unfortunately as Romney stated feel themselves to be victims and don’t want to do anything to help themselves but rather would prefer the state and others who are pulling their own weight and more to care for them.
Once the loser got off the bus and it was just myself and the bus operator alone. I spoke to the bus operator on the subject and he in effect told me that it’s gonna take a mass effort of us fare paying riders to organize and boycott the MTA like back in the civil rights era in order to effect some change in the MTA managements approach to increasing fares on the working class riding public. I mean it’s bad enough that you can’t go one stop hardly without someone coming through a train car begging for change or disturbing you with drum playing or some sob story. It’s reality but it doesn’t have to be is the point.
I for one plan to attend the next public hearing scheduled on a proposed fare hike and will express my opinion to the MTA management because if things keep going the way they are something will have to give. There is a threshold for what consumers will put up with but I believe until people wake up, speak up and educate others around them about what’s happening, this sad, financial and emotional drain will continue.
Lastly, I will point out that I’ve seen some of the most selfish behavior exhibited by some of these freeloaders once they’ve been allowed to ride for free. On numerous occasions I’ve personally witnessed where they will sit in a double seat, take the aisle seat and position themselves and their faces with a look to say these seats belong to me and how dare anyone else think of trying to sit next to me. I mean really!!!? You receive an act of kindness and generosity and pay that forward with selfishness and greed. Mankind we have so much work to do. I’m starting with myself, because I know one can not live by meat and bread alone as it says in the bible. What has happened to morals and character? Why is it acceptable to be a douche bag parasite on society?
Why are the youth of this country the way they are today? As the freeloader was preparing to get off the bus I yelled out “Get a job!!” I had to do it so do you!! I don’t care if it’s McDonald’s or the supermarket do something!! The bus operator said to me “Who wants to work anymore? Who wants to do anything anymore? You look around and people don’t want to do nothing but they want to get paid huge.” I fear soon, the way things look, this country will be known as America the Fallen. Feel free to comment and give your two cents on this subject.
Till next time this has been another report by THEJNSREPORT.