City “Metro Should Be Free to Anyone Who Dares”
posted by July 20 at 11:03 AMon
This morning, Last Days was CC’ed on this letter from an eloquently aggrieved Metro rider. Enjoy.
Dear Metro Transit: Last night on the #49 bus headed to Capitol Hill from 4th and Pike, I sat down and immediately smelled feces. I got up but it wasn’t on the chair, nor under it. It was just lingering…somewhere. It was disgusting, the whole back of the bus reeked. Ahead of me were three homeless/street people all smelling of summer b.o. One of them brought out a $2000 digital camera/camcorder and talked about how he stole it from someone at Re-bar. They were loud, each of them took up two seats and everyone around me was just appalled that they didn’t even attempt to hide their stolen item. Of course, when they got off the bus near Broadway they didn’t pay, just made some excuse about losing their transfers or holes in their pockets. The day before, when a homeless man got off through the back door he left a syringe behind. I kicked it under a seat so no one would step on it. This morning, I boarded the #14 at Bellevue and Roy and sat in a seat with garbage at my feet and a dime bag with dust remnants of weed. Don’t these buses even get cleaned at night? My question is, why should I have to pay when I’m riding on buses that smell like shit with a bunch of smelly drug addicts and thieves? Do I really have to pay for that privilege? It should be free to anyone who dares.