100-mile-a-week Red Line rider offers safety advice on Reddit: “No eye contact, ever”

A Chicago Reddit user who says they travel 100 miles per week on the Red Line hit a home run when they recently offered advice for people traveling on the city’s rail system.

“GMOcorn” offered their insights after another user posted about being assaulted by “two drunk guys” on the train line between Chicago Avenue and North-Clybourn. The travel suggestions scored 1,386 points from other Reddit users — far more than the original post from the user who got assaulted.

Shootings and robberies on the Red Line have made headlines since GMOcorn posted their advice last month. And, with more and more people returning to public transit after COVID, GMOcorn’s ideas are timely and worth considering.

Here’s what they wrote:

Red Line advice from a 100-mile-a-week rider:

No eye contact, ever

First car only. If I’m get in some s***, the operator’s getting in it with me

If it looks sketchy, it’s sketchy

If a physical confrontation is imminent, be first in the exchange

If someone’s smoking or playing loud music, keep your mouth shut. You’re just trying to get home, this is not the place you go to chill so you do not deserve comfort, mind your own business. No one is coming to save you if you run your mouth.

You would think it shouldn’t be this way, and it should not, but it is this way because of the way that it is. Travel safe and take care

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