Thursday, November 4, 2010

Doing Good on the 9L

Riding the 9L into work today, a group on fare inspectors boarded at 11th and Market.  One inspector caught a kid (who no doubt should have been in school but got away saying he had 'independent studies' ... I remember that one from when I was his age).  When he found out the kid was 16 he asked again what he was thinking, why he didn't pay his fare.  The kid said he didn't have change, only a five dollar bill.  The inspector explained that decision was supposed to get him a $150 ticket and a trip to juvenile court.  Then he pulled out five ones and said, "Gimme that five, and go up there and pay your fare.  I don't think it's right for kids to go to juvenile court over 75 cents."

Good man.


Anonymous said...

It's very smart to charge kids to ride the bus, but only after you disallow them from riding their bikes to where they want to go.

Tamagosan said...

Inspiring actually. Lots of problems going on here, but I'll just focus on the beauty of human kindness... Thanks for the story.

Pedestrianist said...


I happen to agree that it would be better to let kids ride free, And that line of thinking is what makes me happy and relieved that the fare inspector didn't charge him $150 instead.