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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?
skellington1 27th-Apr-2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
It's hard to figure out, isn't it?

I've stood up to the bus driver for bullying a non-english speaker before, when no one else made a move (they all looked uncomfortable and clearly knew it was wrong, but no one DID anything) and in the wheelchair situation you describe the dude would have gotten an earful. But with the situation in the article, I'm not sure what I'd have done -- it would have made me so damn uncomfortable that a big impulse would have been to just ignore it/pretend it didn't happen. I'm definitely not proud of that, but I'm trying to honestly imagine it and I don't think I'd have dealt with it well.

Then again, I'm much much better about leaping to the defense of others, so if I was a passenger and the woman shouted on the train I'd totally have her back.
crossfire 27th-Apr-2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
I hate to say it but I probably wouldn't have noticed the dude in the article until the woman started hollering about it. I often ride with my headphones on and I like looking out the window, so I probably would have not even noticed. Once she started yelling I'm pretty sure I would have done something about it. And if I had spontaneously noticed, I'm also pretty sure I would have said something. But again, comfort of hindsight.

It is easier to get someone else's back, that's for sure.
skellington1 30th-Apr-2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
Ditto. I can be remarkably unobservant on public transit, because I happily go off to my own traveling day-dream land. I'd probably notice and act when she started yelling, though.
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