Sunday, August 20, 2006

Proofread, people!

Those who missed the 'L' at Belmont are not alone | Chicago Tribune

I have made mistakes with graphics before, and have sympathy for the person who got fired, because we all know that nothing goes all the way to install without 37 people looking at it, but still, if you are working on a graphic, and you notice that there is a potential mistake,

Say Something!

Just like the public safety messages on trains, buses and in airports say, "If you see something, say something." Its better to look attentive to detail, but be wrong, than to let something get all the way to the install because "that's what the designer wanted" even if the "desired" item is ridiculous or wrong or defies logic.

I challenge everyone to take responsibility for the world around them. If you see something that seems odd, find a way to inquire, politely and appropriately, if it is correct. At worst, you seem to be unknowledgeable (is that a word?). At best, you save the CTA $75,000.

That's 37,500 full-fare, cash-paid rides on a bus or train. Which is one commuter, for two rides per day (round trip), for over 51 years. And that commuter would probably have gotten a Chicago Card Plus before 51 years passes, so they will be paying a bit less than figured in these calculations.

Something to think about.

1 comment:

Lacey said...

Oh my gosh, that's both terrible and hilarious. That poor guy and his poor voice mailbox. Haha.