Really? That seems a little harsh. I ruminate on this for a while while I try and get my bearings. I fell asleep listening to a sci-fi audiobook, which has left me feeling really spaced. Ha ha. Did you see what I did there? Coherency may not be my forte right now.
Someone (in a Danish accent) shouts from the bleachers ‘When is it ever?’
‘Touche’, I say, inclining my head towards the heckler…
I can however attest to the fact that I have never jumped a turnstile. Even back in the day when my athleticism wasn’t an area of concern I mean. I did once not pay for a ticket from Munich airport to Marienplatz… because well, I couldn’t figure out how the ticket machine worked. Oh. Wait… I also didn’t pay for the train ticket from Narita to Tokyo station once. Same problem. My criminality was aided by the nonchalance that pervades these stations and that apparently former Axis powers often don’t feel the need to access control their public transport. In fairness, they probably need to make their ticketing process (even more) idiot proof because… well… *clears throat* I’m not going to say it.
Getting back on point. Do people really get sentenced to 60 days in Rikers for jumping a turnstile? (I’m ignoring the insane costs quoted in this tweet for now). But two months? *Joey spends some time on google*
Okay. So in NYC its a $100 fine for fare evasion. And a summons. I imagine the sixty day island vacation is because you either ignore the summons or you are poor/intractable libertarian.
I’m actually not sure how I feel about this.
For some reason it reminds me of the story of the rich guy who parks his car illegally and someone says to them, ‘hey you can’t park here’. And the guy says, ‘sure I can, it just costs me $100’.
What sort of people jump turnstiles? Poor people? Or people that just can’t be fucked to go load money onto their metro card? Or people that think the subway should be free. I want to know.
I also really want to fix this tweet though…