Christmas message lands MBTA worker in hot water
BOSTON -- A MBTA sign hacked by one of its own workers has caused quite a stir.
A dispatcher programmed an LED message board in Park Street station to say lyrics of the popular Christmas carol, “Deck the Halls,” instead of the typical informational announcements.
On Christmas night the robo-voice and standard signage spoke, and read, “Deck the halls with boughs of holly fa la la la la la la la la.”
Most riders enjoyed the unexpected Christmas prank, but MBTA officials initially threatened punishment for the dispatcher, a veteran ‘T’ employee with a perfect record, who did it.
On Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Richard Davey addressed the prank after joking about it himself.
“The only thing I said this morning was Mele Kalikimaka would have been a lot harder to spell than fa la la la la,” said Davey.
While Davey says the rules will be explained to the dispatcher loudly and clearly, he doesn’t expect serious punishment for the holiday prank.
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