Frustrations on CTA rule enforcement
This reader Tattler tale comes from SpartyCuse. A common CTA problem is rules enforcement. Same as it ever was:
Here's one from the ride home today. I get on the #66 Chicago bus w/b @ the Chicago blue line EL stop. There is a uniformed police officer speaking to a young girl, maybe 13 years old or so, who is eating a bag of popcorn. I overhear the end of his comments, but he is telling her that she cannot eat/drink on the bus/train, and that she could get a ticket. The officer is being very friendly to her. He is not trying to be tough or rough with her at all. Well, after the officer walks away, she keeps (messily) eating her popcorn, and then washes it down with a drink.
I speak to the officer, who I'm now standing next to, and make a passing comment that the girl obviously didn't listen to him about eating/drinking on the bus. He then responds with a "so what" and I reply by saying that he was just talking to her about it, even telling her she could get a ticket. He then asks me what he should do, and I said to politely remind her of what he just said, since there's not point in telling her something, and then letting her disobey it in front of him. He again basically says there's no reason to, and I comment that if I in her shoes, he'd ticket me. He says, no, "Id throw you off the bus." When I say that all he needs to do is remind her again, he says "Do you want me to beat her up?" I say no, and repeat my polite request, and he again says "Want me to throw her off the bus? Beat her up?"
I again say no, and realize this is just a stubborn cop. I then politely stated to the officer that there is no point in informing people of the law, if there is no intention of enforcing it, even if only by reminding them of the laws.
All the officer had to do was go up to her again, and politely remind her of what he just told her. Its by no means the crime of the century, but why tell her in the first place about the rules, then turn a blind eye when she flaunts her disrespect for you in your face? Would an officer stop you for speeding, tell you its illegal to speed, let you go with a verbal warning, then let you speed away from him? Nope. I know the crimes are very different, but its the same idea.
By Ashland, the officer got off the bus. Probably to tell people what laws they are breaking, but turn a blind eye when they continue to break them in front of him.