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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sure, Muni's Grand Plan To Keep Train Passengers From Being Flattened Is a Bumper Sticker. But Have You Seen These Bumper Stickers? They're Massive!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 5:30 AM

click to enlarge It's big, uh-uh, Muni's not ashamed. Big like a pickle, and Muni's still gettin' paid. - JOE ESKENAZI
  • Joe Eskenazi
  • It's big, uh-uh, Muni's not ashamed. Big like a pickle, and Muni's still gettin' paid.
San Francisco is a city in which a significant portion of leadership probably can't watch Robocop without thinking "That ED-209 had promise; we could use one of those." So it probably didn't sit well with everyone that the hot new method of keeping motorists from mowing down pedestrians disembarking from Light Rail Vehicles announced by Muni on Friday was ... wait for it ... a bumper sticker!

That was our first response too. Until we saw the bumper sticker. The term "bumper sticker" doesn't do this thing justice. It is a bumper.

Pilfering a ruler from our colleague, we leaped off the platform and ran down onto the tracks to measure that baby. It's a cool 24 inches across and (though the train rolled off before we were done) six inches high. And we want one.

Calls to Muni querying whether members of the general public can have these eye-catching bumper stickers/tablecloths have not yet been returned. But, should we obtain a stack, there's a number of things we could do with them (that may or may not promote the non-crushing of Muni patrons, the ostensible purpose of these gargantuan stickers): 

  • Wear it around our heads like Muni safety jihadists;
  • Use three or four to construct our own safety vest;
  • Measure them next to my breadbox to answer that question once and for all;
  • Who needs place mats now? Just stick four of these on your tablecloth and hose them off every so often;
  • Slice it into 150 flypaper strips;
  • Paste 10 of them together lengthwise and escape from the third floor to freedom, FREEDOM.




 





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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more

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