John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
"I am paying through my arse for an Uber right now #tubestrike #tired #sotired."
The walk-off is relatively short, with service resuming Friday morning. Nevertheless, many people are filling the brief time by penning furious, crass, and just plain sad odes against the strikers. “They literally get 50k a year for sitting on their arse all day,” tweets one woman. Says another: “What these greedy little morons don't realise is that they're just strengthening the need for automated trains.”
Now, you can enter the thunderous storm of London’s commuter outrage with the “F*cking Tube Strike” map. Made by creative agency Impero, the map scoops social media for posts and pictures about the strike. As its title suggests, many of these missives are profane, and anybody squeamish about cussing should not visit the map (or even look at this screen cap):
By casting its net far and wide, the map also picks up a decent amount of sympathy toward Tube employees. A man calling himself the Utopian Fireman sympathizes, “If the same anger was shown towards the greedy employers that's shown towards workers then majority of strikes would be avoided.” Says this dude: “As much as the #tubestrike sucks, people are forgetting it's about the drivers being able to plan for time off with friends/family, not pay.”
The “F*cking Map” should have a decent half-life. As The Telegraph reports, later this month “unions will bring chaos to the national rail network with two separate strikes, one of which is scheduled for the bank holiday weekend.”
H/t Maps Mania