UPDATE, Friday a.m.: An MBTA spokesman reports: "We found no video evidence to support the story you sent us."
UPDATE: Dorchester Reporter News Editor Gintautus Dumcius caught up with Clemons at a candidate forum in Dorchester tonight. He tweets:
He denies it, quite adamantly.
An outraged Orange Line rider reports on an incident around 9 a.m. Friday at Forest Hills involving mayoral candidate Charles Clemons:
I was taking the MBTA (commuter rail and transferring to the Orange Line) and watched the mayoral candidate named Charles Clemons (bragging that he is a former police officer) letting individuals through the turnstiles without paying by doubling up and following closely behind other individuals who have paid. Telling them "Yeah, that's the way you do it," while he tried to hand them a pamphlet about his campaign. This was an attempt to get people to vote for him as he was campaigning at the same time. How alarming.
When I looked at him with inquiry, he said to me "Don't worry, I got them" (meaning "I've got them covered" or I plan to pay for them later). That's quite funny and insulting to my intelligence. This was the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen.
MBTA staff just watched as he was doing all of this. I was there for at least 5 minutes as I was leading a group of students on a field trip and watching it all.
As there is a discussion of raising the fares for folks taking the T, maybe these types of situations should be looked at more closely?
I certainly won't be voting for that guy. I also will be alerting my friends and neighbors in Dorchester and JP as to what I witnessed - also bringing it to his campaign office and possibly the press. I would like to hear what the MBTA has to say about this. His actions were a disgusting display - I have never seen anything like that before in the city of Boston.
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo says:
Transit Police will investigate. The actions described by the witness are completely unacceptable.
Ed. note: I made several attempts to contact Clemons, both through his campaign and at his radio station. At one point, his staff asked for a copy of the rider's report, which I forwarded (without the rider's name). However, he has yet to respond.