Let’s just get right down to it: We’re finally calling “our bad” on linking to that People of SEPTA page a while back. The link came across our desk, and on first, second, and third glance, it really didn’t seem that awful. We looked at the pictures uploaded as a more “authentic” look at what the experience of riding SEPTA is like — versus, say, the I Septa Philly page. We really didn’t focus on all the comments on the images, which was mistake number one. Mistake number two was linking to something that breaks our own long-established rule regarding pictures of the homeless.
There’s a lot of stuff going on over on that page that we are not cool with, and we completely understand the reaction from many of our readers who let us know how they felt.
Also, we’re placing a moratorium on using the phrase “Stay Classy,” for a few reasons — just one of them being that this page is kind of a bummer too, and once you start replacing C’s with K’s, where does it end? (However, switching S’s and Z’s is still cool in our book.)