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!
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING OF?!
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).