did he ever return?

So today I figured out why the MBTA card is called a CharlieCard. I sing the damn song to myself like every time I use the subway, but it wasn’t until today that my brain clicked together.

Boy, I’m smart.

Let me tell you the story
Of a man named Charlie
On a tragic and fateful day
He put ten cents in his pocket,
Kissed his wife and family
Went to ride on the MTA

Charlie handed in his dime
At the Kendall Square Station
And he changed for Jamaica Plain
When he got there the conductor told him,
“One more nickel.”
Charlie could not get off that train.

It’s actually quite clever of the MBTA, I think. :)


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