POW! Go Get ’em, Muni Riders


Muni muses are kind of the best. Especially those prompting us to do more than wish we were in a car. Like, perhaps, to be a superhero in our own way.

Sez Muni sketcher @katyatch:

today’s bus sketch inspired by a girl on the 38L wearing a super hero backpack. POW!

We know it’s now Thursday, but go get ’em today, too.

What inspired you on Muni today? Be cool like Katy and send them to us on Twitter @munidiaries.

Muni Theft Thwarted, Name-Calling Ensues

Photo by juicyrai

100 Muni StoriesA thief scorned and a bitch praised:

@xxriabellaxx: A woman prevented a theft on 38L this morn. Thief called her a bitch b4 exiting. Bitch > thief. #100MuniStories

We in the Bay Area call that moted (alternately, moded).

There is still plenty of theft on Muni buses, but we’re proud to say that Muni riders have a way of helping one another out. In January, for example, Rachel thwarted an iPhone theft on this very same line.

You, too, could be featured in our 100 Days, 100 Muni Stories drive. Celebrate 100 years of Muni by telling us your story today. Email works or tweet to @munidiaries, hashtag #100MuniStories.

Muni, SFPD Launch Smartphone Safety Campaign

Photo: davitydave

You might’ve heard some updated PSA recordings from the bus, reminding us to be aware of our surroundings and to keep tabs on our mobile devices. SFMTA and SFPD are turning that message into public-service ads, further cautioning riders to stay aware when using mobiles on Muni. From a Muni press release:

Recent targeting of smartphones and other high-end electronic devices by thieves are the focus of the public service ads. Two different versions show customers using an iPhone and an iPad and use the tag lines, ‘Be smart with your smartphone’ and ‘Thieves know an opportunity when they see it,’ respectively.

This is all too familiar to the Muni Diaries community, unfortunately. In December, we had a stolen iPhone on the 38-Geary. In January, we had a thwarted iPhone theft on the 38L, reminding us that 1) sticky fingers abound and, 2) we won’t all be that lucky. SFPD released these images of alleged iPhone thieves on the J-Church, and Officer Matthew Friedman even asked for our help spreading the safety word.

So keep these important tips from SFMTA and SFPD in mind:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Don’t allow your attention to become distracted from your property.
  • If you are using an iPhone, don’t use the standard issue white headphones as these are identified with the devices.
  • Use the security features, such as a security code log-in, to protect your information from identity theft.
  • If you are a victim of a crime, do not resist. Take mental notes of the suspect’s description and report the incident to the police or Muni personnel immediately.
  • If you see a theft in progress, please call 911.

In sum, keep it on the DL and keep an eye on your things.

Smile in 3, 2, 1: Balloon Animal on Muni

Rider Anthony sent us this picture of ol’ yellow on a “very crowded 38L.” When you’re ass-to-crotch with strangers during commute hour, it’s the little things that count.

Balloon animals on Muni is my favorite meme, short of actual pets on the bus. (And the even rarer meme of the bus arriving just when I needed it.) I spotted my first balloon animal on a snoozing Muni in October, after which rider Kristin sent us a pic of its twin (or perhaps the same one?) on a 16X. Rider Heather sent us a blue balloon dog from 2010, and, stretching even further back, we’ve got this orange one on the 5-Fulton, via telluomo on Flickr:

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