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  2. So I got a ticket. A ticket that I fought and won. Here’s how to do it.

    Background

    I was on my way to work, I jumped on the 6 line headed to downtown, the Clipper reader read “SYSTEM OUT OF ORDER” so I sat down with the intention of retagging it on the way out as this sometimes happens as the system resets. Some MTA officers jumped on at Market/Van Ness and as I explained that the system was down, the officer immediately treated me as guilty and proceeded to ask if other people had the same problem. Here’s what I did that saved me — I tagged my card — to show her that I wasn’t trying to evade fare but that the system was down. Never the less, the officer proceeded to write me a ticket.

    Response

    So I did the natural thing, protested the ticket in writing, and received a curt letter stating that my ticket was not going to be overturned. Bullshit.

    I went into the SF MTA office’s and requested an in-person hearing. The staff was relatively nice and after waiting about 15 minutes my name was called. I went into a closed off room and sat down with a hearing officer who looked at my ticket, typed some things into his computer, and asked me what happened. I proceeded to explain to him the details, he took my clipper card, saw that I had tagged on right BEFORE the officer wrote my ticket, and said, “well, I guess we can’t really give you a ticket if you already tagged on, can we?”

    VICTORY!

    I would say that from my experience, explaining your situation calmly in an easy to understand approach usually gets you closer to your goal and the hearing officers seem to be there to help.

    So, here’s what you need to do if you get an unfair ticket:

    Always tag if you can (obviously). If the reader doesn’t work, try tagging again.

    If you get stuck with a rude and aggressive SF MTA officer, tag on, and proceed to buy yourself time.

    Receive your ticket in the mail, go into the office in the middle of the day (the line is much better) and ask for a hearing. Then lay out your story.

    Wait a few weeks while the SF MTA sends you a reimbursement check.

    You should be good to go!

    Another good resource I found over the course of this dilemma was this gal:

    http://www.elliecachette.com/uploads/4/4/2/8/4428249/beatingsfmta.pdf

    Best of luck!!

     

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  5. unculturedmag:

    Winona Ryder in High School

    “I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit. As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, faggot’. They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the shit out of me. I had to have stitches. The school kicked me out, not the bullies.

    Years later, I went to a coffee shop and I ran into one of the girls who’d kicked me, and she said, ‘Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?’ And I said, ‘Do you remember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid?’ And she said, ‘Kind of’. And I said, ‘That was me. Go fuck yourself.’ ”

     
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  7. "And kid, you’ve got to love yourself. You’ve got wake up at four in the morning, brew black coffee, and stare at the birds drowning in the darkness of the dawn. You’ve got to sit next to the man at the train station who’s reading your favorite book and start a conversation. You’ve got to come home after a bad day and burn your skin from a shower. Then you’ve got to wash all your sheets until they smell of lemon detergent you bought for four dollars at the local grocery store. You are not the moon kissing the black sky. You’ve got to compliment someones crooked brows at an art fair and tell them that their eyes remind you of green swimming pools in mid July. You’ve got to stop letting yourself get upset about things that won’t matter in two years. Sleep in on Saturday mornings and wake yourself up early on Sunday. Fuck it. Love yourself, kid."
    — Unknown (via unculturedmag)

    Food for thought.

     

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    Thanks for the submission 9ah!

     
  9. For Nathan

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  10. asonlynasacan:

    cracked:

    You betcherass Neil deGrasse Tyson’s hosting the Cosmos remake. (video)

    Watch out, we gotta badasstrophysicist over here

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