MTBA bus driver 1660 is allegedly skipping commuter on purpose

By: - Monday, May 5, 2014 - 2:09pm

Reddit user “vinsneezelreported to r/Boston earlier today that a specific bus driver of the 59 route is driving past him on purpose. On Friday, May 2nd he caught the driver blowing by him on video:

The video is shoddy, and unfortunately, shot vertically, so the evidence should be taken at face value. It is unclear if the commuter is waiting in the proper spot and how full the bus is. If, however, the MBTA bus driver is indeed driving by the said commuter on purpose for no legitimate reason, then that is really screwed up. The 59 bus comes only once every 45 minutes; Vinsneezel shared this statement about the situation with the reddit communty:

In January this year, MTBA Driver 1660 thought it would be cute to stop half a block beyond the stop. I chased the bus and got on, and he told me “Sorry buddy. There were some girls up the street so I stopped near them. If I got to choose between you and girls, I’m choosing the girls.” I told him I didn’t really appreciate it, but I kept my cool, sat down and started talking to another passenger about mobile devices (the kid was asking about my iPad). 1660 must have thought I was cursing him out, because he started shouting at me that if I didn’t behave, he’d call the police.

On subsequent trips, Operator 1660 started making me chase the bus repeatedly. Stopping and starting so I’d start towards him, then moving again. I started videoing the bus as it approached.

In March I had my camera out as Operator 1660 bypassed me. Unfortunately the video didn’t come out very good. The MBTA Phone operators sympathized with me, but didn’t have any solution other than “Wait for the next bus”. It was freezing that night and I waited outdoors for an additional 40 minutes until another driver came. I got a limp apology email from the T.

Then on Friday May 2, 2014, Operator 1660 bypassed me again. I got it on video, this time much more clearly, and that is the link I’m posting now. The 59 route in Needham isn’t serviced by any other buses, comes once every 45 minutes (less often on the weekends) and stops running early.

I’m on the phone now with the MBTA trying to find out more information. I will update as I can. They are looking into what came the last time this was investigated.

Fast movies, bad movies, Keytar Bear benefits and more events this week

By: - Monday, May 5, 2014 - 10:38am

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While you spent the past 48 hours staving off scurvy by squirting lime juice into every food or beverage that went in your mouth, teams of local filmmakers were writing, shooting and editing entire movies. See how those turned out, plus a movie that’s so bad it’s good and one that hasn’t hit theaters yet. (more…)

This weekend in Boston: Board games, burlesque, block parties and more

By: - Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 10:59am

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Today I learned on the Internet that Socrates and/or Eleanor Roosevelt said only “average minds” discuss events. Looking at this weekend’s slate of awesome events happening in Boston, you know what? Guilty as charged, Socrates/Eleanor Roosevelt. Guilty as charged. (more…)

This week’s events: Books at the bar, strings on the T, and more

By: - Monday, Apr 28, 2014 - 9:56am

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Right now in Boston, it’s simultaneously Art Week, Lit Week, and Jazz Week. A film festival wraps up; comedy and photography festivals kick off. Now’s your chance to do something artsy so you won’t feel guilty about the hours and hours you spend watching sports or laughing at memes or whatever culturally bankrupt activities take up most of your time.  (more…)

Lady wrestlers, pig roasts, and more events this weekend

By: - Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 - 8:30am

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Just one more week of April showers left, so most of this weekend’s events are happening indoors. But then it’s all May flowers and sunshine from here on out! Or at least until the humidity kicks in and we get the occasional “summer shower” (that’s what I call it when you bump into a really sweaty guy on the T). (more…)

Robots, records, roller derbies and more weekend events

By: - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 - 10:11am

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The world descends on Boston with a very special Marathon Monday coming up, and the city’s slate of events rises to the occasion. If you’re hanging out with any runners this weekend, remember that it’s just good etiquette to pay for their beers. They need the carbs, after all. (more…)

@BostonTweet wants us to #DownloadBoston

By: - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 - 3:05am

DLB_LogoSkyline_LargeWhen you shave with Gillette razors or pick up a Harpoon variety pack on your way to a friend’s place, you’re probably aware that you’re helping out a Boston business. But did you know you’re also supporting a homegrown product anytime you track your pace with RunKeeper, pay for something with LevelUp, or have that Harpoon beer delivered to your front door with Drizly?

Or maybe you’re thinking, “Wait a second — I can have beer delivered to my front door?”

That’s why Tom O’Keefe started #DownloadBoston. (more…)

This week’s events: Bond, blood drives, and beer dinners

By: - Monday, Apr 14, 2014 - 7:02pm

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You’re going to need something to do this week once you’ve filed your taxes and finally catch up on your Sunday-night DVR backlog. (This season of “Call the Midwife” is insane, right?) So catch a documentary, take in opening night at the theatre, give blood in exchange for pizza, or chase oysters with beer. (more…)

Parties for gamers and guac lovers, more events this weekend

By: - Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 - 11:53am

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This week, take a walk down the runway, take a long look at some priceless art, and take a break from a road race to eat burgers. Oh and take a laser to some chocolate, because why not? (more…)

Meet the man behind Boston’s hottest IG account: @brianmcw

By: - Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 - 1:20am

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Haven’t we all, from time to time, questioned ourselves whether this is a good picture? Even photographers frequently don’t know how to think about pictures. We tend to say “I like it” and then, when it comes to “why is it nice,” often it goes unanswered. If vision is the ultimate end to end tool, I can’t help but wonder if the way we see, or better yet look at the world, could be frankly very subjective. Having said that, we can not ignore one exception to the rule: Brian!

Brian learned photography in the auto-didactic manner and there isn’t a day that goes by without experimenting on new angles and places or improving the style and texture of a picture. His gallery offers dynamic views of the city, illuminated with lyrical sensitivity. Lucky enough to spend some time with Brian, we are going to unfold the way he shaped his IG account through this last year and discover the aspects that have made him Boston’s favorite “Iger.”

To start, when was your “initiation” to Instagram? Were you into  photography before that?

Not really. I always thought it was weird that people obsessed over those little square photos on their phones. But then I started instagramming my walk to work last April, and now I am as obsessed as anyone.

Acorn Street by @brianmcw

What kind of camera do you use and what is your most used application before uploading a picture? (more…)