Vulgar comments on hopstop

HopStop has become the MapQuest for those without a car, needing to get around the city. I use it all the time but had never checked their ratings of trains feature before today. And what do I notice but superbly stereotypical, nearly racist & vulgar statements in the comments section.

Luckily there’s a button that allows you to request removal of comments. But in one of the most diverse cities in the world, it’s difficult to imagine that this sort of idiocy still runs rampant.

An example of a comment for the F train is below:

out of 10
Yo Lamar is that you. Its Jerome whats happening my man? You gots your self a job at McDonalds that be real nice. I bets you be eating good. I is still smokin the rock man, tryin to gets clean but it aint easy. Yo you be ridin the F thats where I stay some nights. You got to show a brother some love and say what up. Can i get 5 dollar?
Fri, Aug 1, 2008, by Jerome Whitmen Request removal of this revie

2 Comments so far

  1. cocteauboy on August 14th, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

    I haven’t seen the other comments about which you write, but I wouldn’t be so sure the one you chose to represent is actually "vulgar" or "racist." As I was reading it I was thinking that it sounded exactly like conversations I hear all around my neighborhood, so who knows…

  2. till on August 15th, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

    I gotta chime in – is this really racist of vulgar? I mean, I’ve only lived here for for a mere of two months, but I hear stuff like that all the time. Doesn’t really matter which borough you are in, and it doesn’t bother me.

    Aside, what do you expect from a public forum about the subway? It’s a huge system and there is so much wrong with it – I mean, I got my own beef with it and I don’t think other people made experiences that are sooo different from mine.

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