As you guys all know, Plug 1 of Whatimseeing.com was recently involved in an altercation with a fare inspector. After the altercation, the fare inspector snapped a photo of Plug1 using an iPhone. After that, Plug1 went home and googled for photography rules on Muni and called 311 (Muni, expect your bill in the morning). Anyway, here’s some closure for this fiasco.
This exact same bullshit happened to me once. I took a picture of some fare inspectors and one of them told me to delete the picture I took of her. I did. Why? Because I didn’t know any of the photography rights back then. Shortly after I deleted the picture I took of her, she lectured me on how taking pictures on Muni is prohibited. I was so terrified I didn’t even bother to question her.
Later that night, I wrote a complaint to Muni (I used a standard Muni operator complaint form, just use their badge number in place of the 4-digit number). It will take awhile for them to respond, or if they don’t respond, just keep spamming them every now and then. Finally, Michelle Brewster, the head of security, sent an email back to me saying:
“This reply is in regard to a PSR you initiated relating to your ability to take pictures in the subway and the interference of such by Fare Inspector #13 and her partner. Videotaping/photography are not specifically addressed in any policy; the activity of such in ‘paid’ areas is permitted as long as it does not interfere with the safe ingress and egress of Muni passengers. This platform access policy will be reiterated to the staff.
Looks like Number 32 either didn’t listen or Michelle Brewster didn’t do her job.