PATRICK MCVAY

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Gate Jumper

 

Several times now, I’ve been stymied by the iron-clad gates at T stations while trying to make use of the “kids under 12 ride free with paying adult” policy. The policy is easy enough to understand, but how is it meant to work? Subway stations no longer have turnstiles you can easily slip a child under, but instead gates that threaten to cleave a youngster in half as they close. With no T employees around to explain or open a secret door, the only option seems to be for parent (or guardian) and child to bundle together as one and plow through as soon as the gate opens, (which still causes alarms to go off, such that everyone stares as you and your child run down the stairs to catch the train).

As usual, all it takes is a little brain power to solve the problem. Within five minutes of quietly contemplating this puzzle, I came up with ten methods of having your child bypass the gates without paying:

  1. Pogo Stick
  2. Amazon drone
  3. Portable Trampoline
  4. Pole Vault
  5. Stilts
  6. Battering Ram
  7. Zipline
  8. Fosbury Flop
  9. Catapult
  10. The Limbo

Wait a minute – this just in: according to something I read on the internet (which means it’s got to be correct), we are supposed to use the “accessible fare gate” (notable by its wheelchair logo). I had wondered about that, but also wondered if that was a reduced fare-gate, such that I would get yelled at by people who think I’m trying to claim a disability. Now that I know of this alternative, I would add an 11th option to the 10 above: “Better T Signage.”

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