Sunday, March 16, 2008

In Baltimore We Look Out the Window and Pretend We're Not Here

CTA President Rob Huberman isn't going to put up with your ourlandish behavior, Chicago transit passengers. The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
CTA chief pulls rank on unruly passenger

RED LINE | Ex-cop boots man off L for harassing woman

March 16, 2008

CTA President Ron Huberman got to revisit his days as a Chicago cop last week when he escorted a misbehaving passenger off an L train.

The incident took place around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, on a southbound Red Line train going toward the Loop, according to CTA spokeswoman Noelle Gaffney.

A man was "verbally harassing" a customer, according to Gaffney. She said Huberman wouldn't elaborate on what was said.

But a story about the incident on the CTA rider blog Ctatattler.com reported the man was telling a woman she "needed to wear more clothes" and "was going to get raped."

The "Tattler" story said Huberman stood up, glared at the man and said, "You're going to get off this train."

Huberman didn't say what he said to the offending customer, but he asked the man to leave and escorted him off the train at Addison, according to Gaffney.

However, Huberman does not recommend that customers try acting as civilian transit cops in a situation like this.

"They should use a call button to notify the operator or call 911, depending on the situation," Gaffney said.

Huberman was previously a Chicago Police officer and chief of the 911 center. Before becoming head of the CTA in April 2007, he was Mayor Daley's chief of staff.

You can read the Tattler's account here.

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