Saturday, 31 May 2008

last night of the beercans...


Tonight is the last night you can drink alcohol on the London Underground (or indeed buses). The ban comes into force tomorrow compliments of new mayor Boris 'Bozzer' Johnson. The pic is Bozzer and some pals planning the ban.
There is resistance. Tonight there will be
drinks parties staged on the London Underground. The plan is some serious flash mobbing. The group "One final tube booze party" claims 3,500 members, enough to take over three trains. Inevitably there will be an extra police presence despite the partygoers' organisers requesting consideration for fellow passengers. The rail unions, who were not consulted as regards the ban, are not happy bunnies, fearing problems for staff attempting to enforce it. The present sanction to to ask anyone with an open bottle or can to leave (!). New criminal offences are on the way - inevitably enough.
Good for the partygoers. I hope they enjoy :D

5 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

Open containers are often seen on commuter rails here in the States, like the Long Island Rail Road. But rarely on the subways in and about NYC.

I've never heard of a specific law banning them, but it's possible.

Law Minx said...

It will be interesting to see how the ban is enforced - what happens when your basic tube traveller puts neat vodka in a water bottle?!?!

white rabbit said...

Earl - So far as I can recall, I've never drunk alcohol on the London Underground in my life but my aversion to being told what to do (or not to do) has kicked in on this one. I do spend a lot of time on trains, where they are eager to press alcohol on you at every opportunity.I invariably pass...

Minx - so long as you were not falling down drunk, I suspect you would get away with it.

lotus07 said...

Let me get this straight....you could 'drink' on the London Subway? How f-ing cool is that!!! I would have moved there if they hadn't banned it. Hell, Earl, would have reserved a whole TRAIN!!

white rabbit said...

Lotus - not only that but until not that long ago in the great scheme of things, there was a platform bar in one of the stations (Sloane Square). I could never quite see the point of it, but it was a nice little bar...