BoJo Bans Booze

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Thu, 08/05/2008 - 21:09,

New Mayor Boris Johnson is to ban the drinking of alcohol on London's public transport.

For those of us who have to deal with drunk, abusive and puking passengers, this might sound like a good idea. But think, and read, a bit further. According to BoJo, this ban will be enforced by staff as well as BTP. So, staff then, as we rarely see the BTP when we might actually need them.

How do you fancy telling the person with the open bottle or can that they are not allowed to drink it? What response do you think you might get? And what are we supposed to do - confiscate it?! We should refuse to enforce Johnson's rule, as it will obviously put us in 'serious and imminent danger'.

Under Johnson's scheme, someone who was drunk and abusive, but not actually drinking whilst travelling, having had more than a skinful before entering the Underground, would be fine by him. But someone who is well-behaved, bothering no-one but sipping from a can could be dragged off the train and booted out at the next station.

Oh, and one more thing ... Surely people who are drinking should travel by public transport - as against, for example, driving.

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