No Serious Punishment In MBTA Christmas Prank

BOSTON (CBS) – An MBTA worker who made the public address system his personal caroler on Christmas night will not face any serious punishment, a transportation spokeswoman told WBZ-TV Tuesday.

The unidentified employee typed in some of the lyrics to “Deck the Halls,” which were then scrolled across T information signs at the same time a robotic voice “sang” the song at the Park Street stop on the Red Line.

It ended up on Twitter.

Riders loved it.

On Monday, an MBTA spokesman said the T planned to punish the employee when he went back to work Tuesday, “for entering an unauthorized message into the customer information system.”

However, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation told WBZ-TV the worker was not suspended or fired and that the incident is a very minor infraction.

A written warning was put in his file.

The mystery dispatcher is said to be a longtime employee in good standing with the MBTA.

  • Lori

    Glad to hear he will not be punished.

  • Mike

    I am not even sure why this an issue? Because of of a religious reference? Or jeopardizing public safety with the mis-use of MBTA property?

    If it said “Happy Birthday” would anyone care? (even though not everyone observes the same one?)

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