Dear Urban Diplomat: how should I fight people sneaking onto the streetcar without paying?
Dear Urban Diplomat,
I ride the King streetcar every day, and lately I’ve noticed people sneaking on through the rear doors without paying. I know it’s allowed on Queen Street if you have proof of payment, but it’s not allowed on my route. I mentioned it to the driver and he said, “Nothing I can do.” The price of the Metropass just went up again. It’s unfair that honest riders have to subsidize the scammers. I want to do something, but what?
—A Streetcar Named Defrauder, King and Sherbourne
I understand your annoyance and admire your sense of civic responsibility, but I don’t recommend you style yourself as a petty-crimes Batman. Fall into that trap and you’ll go bonkers restraining jaywalkers and chastising zigzagging bike couriers. Plus, standing up to a scofflaw has sucker punch written all over it. Some battles call for confronting the perp. This isn’t one of them. What you can do is submit a formal complaint to the TTC and your city councillor. What you should do is download some whale sounds and practise travelling inward to your happy place.
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