Website Asks T Riders To Post Pictures Of Attractive Boston Commuters

BOSTON (CBS) – Get ready, T riders, for that mix of flattery and revulsion. is launching Tuesday.

The site’s creators have had success with similar ventures in New York City and London.

The site asks subway riders to secretly take pictures of fellow attractive passengers and post them for comment.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports

The current pictures are all men.

That’s because the London and New York sites only post men.

Boston will be the first city where women’s pictures are in the mix, too.

We ran the idea past the T, where a spokeswoman told us, “While the MBTA does not have legal authority to restrict this effort, please know that the T does not endorse it.”

The site’s founder says they will take down photos of anyone who does not want them posted.

  • emom

    Key word,,,,,, SECRETLY… sounds like a bad idea,,,,,,

    • Sean

      This is not only stupid, but border’s on invasion. What good does it do to take down the posting. The damage is done. Not to promote violence but it’s going to happen. If I catch someone secretly taking my picture, they will need a new camera and maybe have to use a different finger to click with next time.

  • John

    Why can’t MBAT take legal action? I mean why couldn’t someone look you up,and findout who you are, even where you live or maybe even steal your Identity. Why wouldn’t anyone think this could lead to Identity theft. If it means protecting people’s Identity, maybe there should be a ban cell phones on the T, and why not, they ban them on planes, Doctor offices, and other places.

    Is this on all lines and bus lines and is this an on going thing or just a one time thing, because if this is going on Indefinitely, other than Red Line maybe, I’ll walk, than risk my Identity.

  • Karen Irwin

    Sorry – wrong on so many levels. If they think that only good is coming out of this, it’s time they get a reality check. This can only come back to bite someone in the butt – who hasn’t done something in the past that they wish they could undo? Time people grow up and respect other people’s privacy.

  • Julie the Jarhead

    Creepy … as if the MBTA wasn’t creepy enough.

  • keri

    what?!?!!? we don’t pay enough for a little recpect?!?!

  • Tony

    By week 4 this site is going to be nothing but voyeuristic panty and cleavage shots. Humanity is all to quick to devolve to it’s most animalistic form if given no incentive to remain civilized. Mark my words.

  • Linda

    This is a dangerous idea, putting peoples health and lives in jeopardy. There is enough robberies, muggings, rapes and murders without giving criminals faces to stalk. Who comes up with these wacko ideas anyway ? Why do some people always feel they can intrude on other peoples privacy.

  • Italo

    I’m just waiting for the Mayor to get involved and make some media statement putting pressure on the T to revisit their point that they can’t do anything about this. For one reason or another, and this being Boston, I have a feeling this site will not be long for the city for very long — and I agree with the posters above, that would reasonably be rightly so!

  • M Wilson

    I wonder about the poster’s right to publish an image without a signed “model consent” from the person being photographed. It’s pretty standard procedure. I suspect that a person whose image is published can sue the site and the person who posted it. And I agree with most you: it’s creepy and a violation of privacy.

  • bobby-o

    Are there not enough perverts out there already without the T condoning this? If ever I see anyone taking pictures of my daughter I promise you there will be trouble and an old fashioned azz kicking.

  • danielle medeiros

    perverts, sick this is wrong.

  • daniella

    “While the MBTA does not have legal authority to restrict this effort, please know that the T does not endorse it.” – This is either the biggest cop-out in history, or they need to go back to the drawing board and figure out a way to stop this. This is a HUGE violation of privacy, not to mention a call to perverts everywhere to help themselves to snapshots of “good looking people.” (And weren’t we just having a problem with creeps exposing themselves on the T??)

    “The site’s founder says they will take down photos of anyone who does not want them posted.” – And how do you expect them to do that when the photos are taken secretly and posted without their name or consent? Give me a break!

    Shame on the T, and shame on the perverted losers who came up with this website concept. It’s yet another feather in the cap of the decline of civilization.

  • Trider

    Just X the site with SPAM/ virus /Jam it

  • Matt

    2 things; burden of OPTING OUT is not good enough; who will tell a person if they are posted up on that site? Are people who are the victims of stalkers supposed to refresh the site over and over again until maybe someone puts them up there? HUGE invasion of privacy.

    Second….. isnt this really just Craigslist Missed Connections? A better site for this kind of thing is already in existence….. anything on top of that is just superfluous.

  • Moose

    I guess the idea of asking permission to use my image isn’t going to be brought into question? I see a lawsuit coming soon!

  • Richard

    The MBTA might not have the authority to restrict images being posted, but my foot might!

  • Henry Neeser

    Who’s to say who is attractive. WHO decides who gets published. How much do you get paid to be USED on this site. So If you are a sensitive person and don’t see your photo here, what are you suppose to think? Who gives a darn if somebody that rides a stupid train is attractive? The originator of this idea is really an uneducated person, I saw his interview last night on TV, what an ID10TError. One thing I would not like is having to ask for my photo to be taken down. It’s not like I’m going to go this site everyday to ee if I’m there. I think this whole public forum on private lives is a violation of privacy. This guy will sooner or later post the wrong photo, and he will pay dearly for it. This should be illegal. When do we get a website to post photos of UGLY people riding the train, I can think of the first one being the sites founder, man is he UGLY or what?

  • Bill Pro

    So why is CBS promoting this website & giving it this big headline & free nationwide advertisement? Do they have a stake in this? They hadn’t even launched yet (aka the site didn’t even exist) when this was written (and I’m not checking it online not to see if it did) so how nice to give the Boston riders some advance time to start clandestinely snapping so that this worthy site gets an avalanche of attention & submissions of unsuspecting who are being photographed without their permission. And since attention/site visits=advertising revenues $$ (even if you visit to criticize them=it’s like a store where you ring their register just by stopping by to yell at them to close w/o buying anything) they get rich no matter what, and at the expense of the privacy of the Boston subway riders. Creeps. Oh and anyone is free to visit the site constantly to monitor just in case their photo is posted against their wishes (and thereby ringing their registers with each visit) and they will graciously take it wonderful of them! I don’t know what their submission process is but if anyone can submit photos I suggest everyone who takes the T to take & submit 100 awful outoffocus, back of the head, photos a day to their site until their servers choke to death on the Terabytes of garbage submissions that they will have to hire 100 people to wade through.The least we can do is cause them to pay the price financially for attempting to further reduce the small circle of privacy we all have left.. signed=A Boston Subway user.

  • dzzle

    somethings fishy here…agreed, CBS is basically sponsoring this story and giving the site free PR, they didn’t need to link to it. After reading some of the site it seems like they are all about posting guys pictures and mention once in the middle of their ‘about’ page that women will be featured soon. Public domain is what it is, I don’t know if that counts for the T tunnels, but on the street you can photograph whatever you’d like. I hate to say it but its only a matter of time until a guy snaps a picture of another guy randomly and it ends up in a brawl.

  • dalia

    Hmmmmm?… This is supposed to be “fun” right? Well Sounds like Transit police will now have something to do, & look at the bright side guys at least we’ll finally get to enjoy our tax money. (yes fights amuse me.)

  • Robert

    Are these people aware that it is ILLEGAL to photograph, video tape or record a person without their consent?

    • Mark

      All, not condoning the site at all but so far none of the posters seems to be aware of the legal side of this. While out in *public* you have no expectation of privacy. You are already filmed dozens of times a day by security cameras in ATM’s, stores and the T. MA’s two party consent law relates to video and audio taping, not still images. Simply put, the site itself is legal and the T can’t stop people from using their phones on a publicly funded mass transit system. Frankly, I fear a backlash against phone users more than I fear people taking my picture. Check Photography is Not a Crime for more info on the good citizen photogs can do: Once again, not saying this site is a good idea AT ALL, just trying to educate about the laws regarding the matter since nearly every phone on the market now has a camera built in.

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