The Outlet is Company Use Only

Being a geek, I always have at least two gadgets with me (typically my iPod and my cell phone); when traveling, it doubles (Laptop and Camera).  Of course, my gear isn’t always charged, but i usually have one charger on hand (like I said, I’m a geek).  On my way to Crystal Lake to visit college buddies, I stop to charge my iPod1.  I was stopped by a Metra official, sans uniform, and told that the outlets are for “Company Use Only,” even those outlets behind giant benches.

I feel that I should point out that there was no sign indicating this (not that it would have mattered; I still would have plugged in).

The pleasant conversation that took place after that exchange was over why such an asinine policy.  In short, Metra is ensuring that no lawsuits happen in case of inter-personal carelessness–people tripping over the inevitable flood of power cords from commuters.  The Metra guy cited Jewel as his justification of policy, I cited O’Hare, Midway and most other transportation hubs.  He shrugged, I nodded and I charged my iPod off my laptop instead of the wall.

So Chicago, mind the outlets.

1:  If I was going to blame anyone other than myself for my drained iPod, I’d have to blame Tankboy (yes, our Tankboy) for his set list:  Last Night Rocked, But Now It’s Today

1 Comment so far

  1. Rob (unregistered) on February 13th, 2006 @ 1:10 am

    The Cultural Center also has this policy. Free WiFi… but no Free Power.

    Dammit! If only Tesla had gotten that power for the airwaves thing figured out!



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