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Thursday, March 31, 2011

3-30: Free rider problem

So, this guy is frequently on the Muni with me in the morning. 

He *never* pays. 

And it bugs me. Why? Because if he were Black, he'd get kicked off the bus. I know, because I've seen Black people get kicked off of this very bus line (the 30) for not paying their fare. But not this guy. Not once. And I've never seen him pay. Not once. Ever.

Muni drivers, along with Hollywood casting directors, do not live in a colorblind society. Class is also a factor, but in many cases, race is taken to be an indicator of class. Regardless, the fare for Muni is supposed to be the same for everyone.

But it's free for this guy.

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