ONTD Political

Woman is awesome, teaches T creeper a lesson!

11:59 am - 04/27/2012
A strap-hanging MBTA heroine said she went into “She-Hulk” mode to single-handedly collar a man who exposed himself on a crowded B-Line trolley — dragging him off the train and holding him until cops arrived.

The 24-year-old Allston woman, who did not want to be named, said the man boarded one stop after she did on her ride home from her marketing job Thursday. She immediately noticed him staring.

“This guy was just being a real creeper,” she said. As she shuffled along the train, he followed her. She zoned out, listening to music, only to look up and see him standing over her.

“I looked up and felt awkward, so I looked down,” she said. She said the man was exposing and touching himself, but tried to cover himself with his shirt.

The woman — not someone to meekly let an alleged creep get away with it — shouted out what he was doing, but no one stepped in to help. She said one male passenger even shrugged. So, she said, she went into “She-Hulk” mode, lunging as the man tried to bolt at Packard’s Corner in Brighton.

She said she held the man with one hand and “berated” him while she waited for the cops to arrive. She said he looked frightened.

“He kept saying sorry, but he was just sorry for himself,” she said.

The man told transit cops that the “packed and jostling” trolley caused his shorts to fall, according to a police report. He told police that he was unaware he was exposed until the woman started screaming.

T cops charged Michael Galvin, 37, of Somerville with open and gross lewdness. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to stay off the T.

The woman said she acted because, “I’ve had enough of being harassed on the street. I’m tired of it and I want it to end. It was the last straw.”

She also had some choice words for the people who stood by and did nothing on the train: “That’s appalling. That makes me so angry. I want everyone to know that they have to say something.”


Short but sweet. What would you have done in her position, ontd_p? (Especially when none of the passengers said anything, wtf.) What do you think are the best ways to deal with people like this guy?
clevermanka 27th-Apr-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
HA! I thought about typing that exact same thing.
smittenlotus 27th-Apr-2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
Me too. Clearly everyone else did too. Jeez all he was doing was letting her know of his sexual desires! GAWD, what's wrong with that! Someone should send this bit of news to the idiot who wrote that stupid "creep shaming" article on Jezebel.

Seriously though this shit has to stop. I'm almost more disgusted with the people who just sat there and did nothing than the guy having a surprise wank. It's disgusting.

Edited at 2012-04-27 08:18 pm (UTC)
the_gabih 28th-Apr-2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
There was an article... against creep shaming?
zeonchar 28th-Apr-2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah look back on ontd_p and you'll see it.
smittenlotus 29th-Apr-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
Yeah. Look a few posts back on this comm. It was some stupid baloney about how the word "creep" does HORRIFIC damage to a man's reputation and how women should stop using it to "slander men who simply just want to be open about their sexual desires." It was a bunch of BS.
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