The food police is coming this way
Eating here will get you arrested. In New York and Boston, they sell food in the subway.
Subway rider arrested for eating candy
Allegedly ignoring officer leads to three-hour detention
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government scientist finishing a candy bar on her way into a subway station where eating is prohibited was arrested, handcuffed and detained for three hours by transit police.
Stephanie Willett said she was eating a PayDay bar on an escalator descending into a station July 16 when an officer warned her to finish it before entering the station. Both Willett and police agree that she nodded and put the last bit into her mouth before throwing the wrapper into a trash can.
Willett, a 45-year-old Environmental Protection Agency scientist, told radio station WTOP that the officer then followed her into the station, one of several in downtown Washington.
Metrorail has been criticized in the past for heavy-handed enforcement of the eating ban. In 2000, a police officer handcuffed a 12-year-old girl for eating a French fry on a subway platform.
In 2002, one of their officers ticketed a wheelchair-bound cerebral palsy patient for cursing when he was unable to find a working elevator to leave a station. Unflattering publicity eventually led the police to void the ticket.
Willett was the second person arrested this year for eating or drinking, Hanson said. In addition, police have issued 58 tickets and more than 300 written warnings.
Yeah. This makes sense. I've eaten entire lunches on the New York subway. What a waste of time. Jen found this amusing, since she went to law school in Washington. I find it perplexing myself. Just another way to stop Al Qaeda and gang violence. Aresting children and the handicapped along with scientists.
posted by Steve @ 2:02:00 PM