Beverage Wars

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has some pretty strict rules about eating & drinking on the district's mostly-very-clean Metro traincars. Rumor has it that a 13-year-old girl was once fined $300 for drinking a Diet Coke on her way home from school.

Yesterday, I stopped to purchase a grande skim iced Chai latte on my way into work (late). Usually I hide such beverage luxuries in my purse during my train ride, but this particular day. I'd decided I didn't much care, & sipped my drink within eyeshot of the viewing public. The cranky old bastard behind me was quick to chime in:

Him: "You know you're not supposed to have that on here."
Me (not turning around to look at him): "Yep."
Him: "Oh, but you're special."
Me: "OK."
Him: "Just don't spill that."
Me: "I wasn't planning to."
Him: "I'm serious, don't spill it."

I wonder how Mr. Citizen's Arrest would've reacted to the sight I witnessed later that evening during my redline trip to Rockville:

Make no mistake, there's still about a centimeter of MGD left in the bottom of that bottle. Classy!


  1. Actually, the "no latte" rule only applies to the District of Columbia. In Virginia, it was never valid, and in Maryland it was probably invalid since 1998 when the state changed the law that allows counties to regulate this.


  2. OK, I'm sure you didn't do this, but it's funny anyway: You don't actually line up those pieces of trash, did you? It looks too neat to be random. At least subway slobs are tidy.


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