Miss­ing masks on Me­tra

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

On July 9, I came into the city via Me­tra to run an er­rand. I caught the first morn­ing train from Le­mont, and be­ing pru­dent, I wore gloves and a mask. When I ar­rived at Union Sta­tion, I went to pur­chase my re­turn ticket.

The ticket agent wasn’t wearing gloves, and her sin­gle-use face mask was dan­gling in­ef­fec­tively from one ear. As she spoke to me, it was ob­vi­ous she was eat­ing some­thing. She was con­fused as to what zone Le­mont was in, and even af­ter loudly ask­ing for help from an un­seen co-worker, she still fum­bled over which ticket to sell me. When I took the ticket from her, I was thank­ful I was wearing gloves.

Later in the af­ter­noon, I re­turned to Union Sta­tion hop­ing to find some­thing to eat be­fore catch­ing the first evening train back. In case I needed to make a fu­ture trip into the city, I de­cided to buy an ex­tra ticket. That agent wore nei­ther gloves nor a mask, and he too was con­fused as to which ticket to sell me. I had to “re­mind” him to give me my re­ceipt.

It is Me­tra’s pol­icy that all rid­ers must wear a mask. Isn’t it also a city and state re­quire­ment? Are Me­tra em­ploy­ees ex­empt, or just poorly trained? At least the sec­ond agent wasn’t eat­ing! The first in­stance was merely un­seemly; a sec­ond in­stance would have been grotesque. John Vuk­mirovich, Le­mont

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