March 11, 2003
Riding the Metro

This reminds me of a scene I witnessed in December while riding the DC Metro on a Sunday.

Police officer, or maybe officer of the Metro, approaches homeless man sleeping on a train. They talk for a minute. Homeless man starts to get up, then officer tells him, "No, that's OK, you can stay there." Homeless man thanks him and lies back down.

I reel in surprise. In my city the homeless are hustled out of sight and strongly discouraged from sleeping on the trains or anywhere else, really. Maybe in DC they relax the policies on the weekends? Witnessing the high level of mutual courtesy and respect was pretty unprecedented in my experience, though.

I felt downright warm and fuzzy inside.

Posted at March 11, 2003 06:50 PM