Am I a bad guy now that I've decided to subway fare evade? I have taken the subway daily for years and paid daily for years, always been angry watching as people jump turnstiles, push in behind a paying person, use emergency exit gate while I am paying. Sick of seeing bums and drug addicts get onto the system, obviously not paying. Rarely see police, can count on one hand the number of times I've seen a "fare inspector" on a train.
The past 2-3 weeks the ridership has dropped 90% due to shelter in covid place but I still have to go to work, yet even with so few riders, there are still bums on trains, still watching as people evade fare and the agents do nothing. So this week I've been evading fare and no one has said anything. This morning an agent tried yelling at me but it's as I was leaving so I just kept walking. And even in this short week, as I walk to the turnstiles, I watch as someone else does the exact same thing so I do it as well. Even this evening as I was exiting my home station, 4 teenagers with big bikes just walk right thru the emergency exit, station agent in their cube is watching, yet do nothing.