Metro is Not A Diner and Muni Isn’t a Nail Salon

I saw this last week when I had to run an errand out to Arlington, VA, and the first thing I thought of was that if they ran a similar PSA here, it’d say “This isn’t a nail salon, please don’t cut your nails on the bus” or something.

By the way, has anyone else noticed these super-wordy PSAs about fare evasion, not getting your things stolen, and graffiti on Muni? They are well intentioned, but they are so wordy, they don’t really have much punch.

I’d suggest something a bit more simple and iconic. For example, on the topic of fare evasion, I’d find a picture of a hard-working mom with kids who’s working 2 jobs. The caption would read “When you steal from Muni, you steal from me.” BAM! Take that trustafarians!

I could go on, but like The Joker, I don’t work for free.

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4 Responses to Metro is Not A Diner and Muni Isn’t a Nail Salon

  1. david vartanoff says:

    Remember, Metro pigs actually handcuffed a 13 yr old girl when busting her for eating. While I am against Muni as a diner, drivers who eat while driving make clear the rule is not serious.
    As to the dumb PA announcements, they should be cropped and run only once in 20 minutes. The constant harangue just encourages us to ignore all of them.

  2. xxx.o says:

    New Yorkers don’t need signs, they have the chutzpah to call out other passengers’ B.S. … even if it gets them some spaghetti in the face:
    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/03/girl_eating_spaghetti_on_incit.html

  3. Bob Davis says:

    This might not apply so much to places like San Francisco, but I suspect a lot of rude behavior comes from people who are used to traveling by automobile, a “private” environment, and who forget that they are “in public” when riding a bus or train. Similar to people in a movie theater who chatter like they were home in front of the TV.

  4. Susan says:

    The Muni announcment about “pay your fair share” is soooo cheesy! The people who aren’t paying – the kindergarden level appeal would be laughed at by 5 year olds!

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