Let's see: Green Line trolleys are falling off the tracks and getting into fatal smashups. Downtown Crossing is catching on fire and Red Line trains have to slow down so they don't fall off the Longfellow. And what is the Boston Carmen's Union so upset about it was threatening a work action?
Yes, of course, Legal Seafood ads on the sides of trolleys, one of which has a talking fish exclaiming how the conductor of the train has a face like a halibut. Stephen MacDougall, president of the union, carps that the ads make his members feel like crappie:
To say they are angered and offended is to put it lightly. I will tell you this: If they don't come down, we will not drive those trains. ... Who the hell wants to say they have a face like a fish? I happen to like to eat fish, and I like seafood, and I like going fishing, but I don't want anybody saying that I or any of my members look like a fish.
Have no fear. Responding swiftly to the crisis, T management immediately ordered the ads removed.
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