Local Government Innovates, Targets Wrong “Delinquents”

August 18, 2012
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Catalunya’s local government, via its train system “Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya” (FGC), has been innovating.

They launched a new app on July 26th allowing passengers via their smartphones to report other passengers for acts such as travelling without tickets, playing music loudly, or for producing live music. Among other things, the app allows passengers to complain about the homeless and the poor on the network.

On August 1st, the FGC announced it had “received 110 alerts in the first five days of use.”

You know where we’re going with this – aside from it being unfair to musicians trying to earn a crust and targetting the poor who have it rough enough already – the damned app doesn’t allow the reporting of the single greatest scourge on the local train system: ROBBERS!


The FGC and local government are happy to target those: sitting in reserved seating, putting their feet on seats, dropping litter, producing live music, listening to loud music, sitting on the floor, travelling without a ticket, graffitiing the network, smoking on-board, throwing stones, breaking windows, begging for money or food and selling on-board.

BUT, if they are insisting on playing big brother, why did they not think to include a means to report pickpocketers and bag-snatchers? Let’s share a moment of incredulity!

The app has annoyed one individual sufficiently for him to create a petition against it on change.org, which can be viewed here (in Catalan and Spanish). It has been signed by almost 15,000 people to date.

FGC’s touting of the new app can be read on their website here (in English).

More information on the movement against the app can be read here (in Catalan).

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7 Responses to Local Government Innovates, Targets Wrong “Delinquents”

  1. Augusto on August 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I was wrong…..I thought this city (if not the whole country) was only corrupt, now it’s gone STUPID or STUPIDER. The entire police force is either on the mafia’s payroll, or the COPS are just TOO chicken, or TOO scared (for those of you who doesn’t know what I mean) to pursue the real criminals. We may not have a perfect justice system in America, but at least we try, we TRY to serve justice. We don’t just turn the blind eye like your government does in Spain. I’m glad I was only there for a visit…

  2. deeznuts on August 18, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    fucking pricks!
    spain is fucked already and spanish people love to talk shit but do nothing in the face of a robber!
    this just gives all those stupid tight lipped catalan fuckers another reason to keep the tourists away!
    nice country, shame about a lot of the people!

    • Frannhann on August 19, 2012 at 6:29 am

      Catalunya is not Spain. This does not happen in the basque country. Catalans mind the ir own buss

  3. thiefhunter on August 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

    FGC Snitch app. What happens when one reports feet-on-seat? Does an attendant show up? I suspect nothing happens. As to reporting thieves, the app would at least help document their activity. Maybe this stupid app is like the “close doors” button on lifts: it just gives the user a feeling that he’s done something.

  4. migrubio on August 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I find it regrettable not only that a public service compares incivility with poverty but the fact that it seems to allow reporting it.
    I want to emphasize also that you can find the complete information on my blog. It is not only in Catalan, but also in Spanish. Thank you very much for your broadcast.

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  6. Quapadople on July 4, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Barcelona has become a trashy city…too much turism atracts too much marocans and or others foreigners dealers and thiefs to this city.. already suffocated by the masses of tourists that don’t realize how bad is it for the enviorement and for city itself. Tourism is good but not at this level.

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