Metro Ad Stealer?


So here I am on the Orange Line, listening to an audio book on my very stealable music player while I head for Foggy Bottom, when this random guy in khaki shorts and a golf shirt reaches for a Hillwood ad on the train bulkhead, pulls it out of its receptacle, proceeds to read it like it was a newspaper, then gets off the train at Foggy Bottom and walks off with the ad rolled up in his hands. He doesn’t exactly look like a Metro worker.

Okay, WTF? Clueless tourist thinking Metro ads are “take-a-penny, leave-a-penny” deals? Obsessed Hillwood fan and memorabilia collector? Some kind of Marjorie Merriweather Post hater on a quest to minimize DC’s exposure to Hillwood material? Graphic designer of the ad getting a copy for his portfolio? Or just Metro staff tending to train ads on a casual Friday? We report. You deride.*

* Yeah, yeah, I know, not an original crack, but hey, don’t let that stop you deriding.

5 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 11:25 am

    Wow. Now I know what to do when I want one of the cool ads I (never) see on the Metro.

  2. Wayan (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

    Damn. Busted again!

  3. Mik (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

    You laugh Wayan, but at first I thought that was your.

    More people need to use the word deride, one of my favourite quotes is: Humanius est deridere vitam quam deplorare

  4. Wayan (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    Well I do swipe Metrobus ads, usually really good PSA’s. I had a whole collection of Metrobus Poetry that I gave my parents & a framed Peace Corps ad adorns my wall still.

    Not much in Metrorail catches my eye. Too many military supply themes aimed at Pentagon purchasing agents.

  5. Jennifer (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

    This is pretty standard college student fare. I had HBO ads decorating my dorm room sophomore year, and when I was a RA some of my residents stole one of the giant station ads.

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