Respect. Give It. Get It.

I’m sure those of us who regularly ride the Metro have seen them: playful teenagers who engage in rough and vocal horseplay on the train after school, to the general amusement and/or dismay of passengers in the immediate vicinity. Why, just a few nights ago on the Green Line I had the privilege of watching a local whippersnapper in the full bloom of youthful vibrance, playing hip-hop ringtones on her mobile device at a formidably high and distorted level of volume, while chanting along and flailing her limbs wildly to the blare of rhythmic lyrics, all to the earnest yells and eager whoops of a trio of compatriots who had loudly sequestered a full section of the train car to stage their impromptu cultural performance, for the listening and viewing pleasure of classmates and fellow riders alike.

But worry not, ye huddled, intimidated, annoyed masses! Metro, in their infinite wisdom, have come up with a solution: Notecards! Yes, surely the “Respect, Give It, Get It” notecard campaign will inspire a disposition of silent, noble dignity among the urban youth who ride with us daily. Perhaps these written reminders will do what our own stern glares and head-shakes and occasional futile endeavors at vocal reprimand have failed to do — chastise these rough-housers into contemplative stillness.

Then Metro will be a joy to ride. Every day. All the time.


Give it.

Get it.


Update: Here’s a copy of the card itself, courtesy Metro:


8 Comments so far

  1. Ramu (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

    Most of us with real jobs don’t ride on the Metro during that time of day. You must be a construction worker or day laborer who gets up at 4am and gets off of work at 3pm… oh wait, no, you’re a “knowledge worker” with “irregular hours.”

    Welcome to D.C., slacker!

  2. Paulo (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

    Who exactly are you calling a slacker, commenter from Does the anonymous flame mill go into overdrive those frequent times the House isn’t in session?

    Respect. Give it. Get it.

  3. wyclif (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

    Since when do government bureaucrats have time to troll?

    Oh, wait…

  4. Wayan (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 4:55 pm


    Ramu is just jealous. You’re a knowledge worker while he is just a worker, no knowledge (or tact) implied.

  5. Tiff (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 8:49 am

    At the risk of dignifying a troll with a real response, I thought I’d point out… I was on the Metro just yesterday at 3PM precisely *because* of my professional, technical, office job. I had to visit some clients at Metro Center and then catch Metro back to my own office. And you know what? The train was *packed*. Full of blue-collar workers, suit-wearing professionals, front-desk security workers (their shift typically changes around then), etc.

  6. Keyonna (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

    Great blog. However, As a young lady in my early 20’s, I have NEVER been so annoyed with the fact that these teens get onto these trains and cause so much noise…but the minute you ask them (nicely) to lower it down, they want to harass and threaten people. Instead of “notecards” (I REALLY don’t see what that’s going to do)–they need officers in the trains–to let these “youngsters” know that it is disprespectful to act like a heathen on the train.

  7. kat (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    What is this person ranting about people with real jobs don’t get off work at 3 p.m.? I get off work at 5 p.m. and occasionally see this kids on the metro as well getting on the Green Line at Gallery Place.

    FYI working 9-5 job is not the only type of real job out there. I used to work at the hospital from 3-11 and shifts vary there for doctors, nurses, and lab technicians. Would you tell a doctor or a nurse that they don’t have a real job just because they can work 12 hours at “irregular” times?

  8. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

    That dildo who left the first comment apparently has no respect for construction workers, who are largely responsible for the giant infrastructure of roads, buildings and even the Metro. What a jerk. If he thinks construction isn’t a real job, I’d like to see him lift and carry stuff and be produtive all day. Or are there too many papercuts from restacking papers from one tray to another to take on a new project?

    I think this postcard campaign is designed to keep the Metro cleaning crew busy. I foresee those cards all over the floors of the Metro stations, buses and trains.

    The problem is that kids are taught by many forms of our popular culture that respect is found at the business end of a knife or gun. They don’t get that respect is earned, not elicited through intimidation.

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