The Metra train in Chicago is asking for passengers to tell on people who haven't paid to help with the missed fare issue.

It happens all the time on public transportation in Chicago. People try to ride without paying.

Especially, when there are huge events in the city and more riders than usual. The summer is bad for that because of so many festivals and concerts.

Metra loses thousands of dollars each year.

That means they have to make up for those missed fares with rate increases which hurts the rest of us.

Now they are asking for the public's help.

According to,

"Metra is asking customers who see a fellow passenger not paying a fare to tell the conductor."

They are looking for "snitches."

The company uses the "secret shopper" concept to check up on their employees to see how well they are doing at collecting money.

Commuters are also being asked for their opinion on how to help the problem.

One solution is to charge at the gate instead of on the train but that would require all the stations to be redesigned.

It's up to you if you want to call up people that have paid, but that worries me because I've always heard "Snitches end up in ditches."


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