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Fake Campaign Asks Straphangers Not to Use Butt Cheeks to Hold Subway Poles

By Trevor Kapp | March 25, 2015 11:14am
 A mock subway etiquette campaign pokes fun at the subway ads.
A mock subway etiquette campaign pokes fun at the subway ads.
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A light-hearted subway rider has created a series of images poking fun of the MTA’s new subway etiquette campaign.

“Riding the subway can be a scary and disgusting experience. So the MTA released a new Courtesy Campaign urging obnoxious riders to behave themselves,” reads the parody. “Unfortunately, they forgot some all too real Crucial Courtesies.”

The mock ads, created by art director Chad O'Connell, draw on images of unruly subway behavior over the years.

“Don’t Be a Butt Pole. Please grasp the poles between hands, not butt cheeks,” reads one of the ads, showing a straphanger using his derriere to cling to the subway pole.

O'Connell, 27, said he came up with the idea in February after seeing the MTA's ad that discourages subway pole dancing.

"I thought it was funny," said O'Connell, of Bushwick. "It made me think of all the other absurd things that have happened on the train. I did all the illustrations the following weekend and put them up on my Facebook page."

Another ad references the dead shark found aboard an N train in 2013.

“Sharks on a Train? It’s on if this becomes Discovery Channel’s next Shark Week movie."

O'Connell said he's contemplating other satires.

"I might do more subway ones," he said. "I've been thinking of doing some more about other things in life, maybe dating."