Look Deep Into My Eyes, Or I’ll Arrest You!

As part of the security measures on Metro, some Metro Police are using behavioral profiling techniques as they patrol subway stations, including, “The officers are targeting people who avoid eye contact,”

Hi. This is reality, calling for the Metro Police? Most people avoid eye contact on the Metro. Especially when you’re squeezed in so tight that you can definitely tell that the girl in cute boots hasn’t showered, and the dude with the Rolex put too much shoe polish on. Eye contact is such a no-no in Metro etiquette. As for the loitering thing, if you guys actually ran trains on a reasonable schedule, we wouldn’t have to wait thirty minutes for an Orange Line train on Sunday, or for three trains to go by during rush hour at Pentagon…

2 Comments so far

  1. Christine (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 4:02 pm

    Okay. That’s just gone too far. Avoiding eye contact? I haven’t been looked in the eye since I moved to DC, let alone on the train. Their profiling is better suited to the societal standards of Sherrif Andy Taylor’s Mayberry than it is to Marion Berry’s DC.

  2. Mike (unregistered) on January 11th, 2005 @ 6:08 pm

    Making eye contact on the Metro is done for two reasons: 1) you want to make people uncomfortable and therefore gain more personal space, and/or 2) you’re a little unbalanced (therefore *suspect*) and deserve to gain more personal space.

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