Metro board member Charles Deegan says that the police officer who arrested a woman for eating a candy bar "needs . . . an attitude adjustment" ["Metro Questions Arrest of Snacker; Eating Ban Backed; Strict Policing Not," Metro, July 31]. He is the one who needs an attitude adjustment. He should apologize to the officer. The "chewing lady" also needs an attitude adjustment. Some people think that they can get by with anything.

I hate riding Metrorail and buses because they are so dirty from people eating and leaving their trash behind.




Lisa Farbstein, Metro spokeswoman, says, "Chewing is eating" ["Mouthful Gets Metro Passenger Handcuffs and Jail," front page, July 29]. What's next? Oral cavity searches on gum-chewing commuters?

My sympathy to Stephanie Willett, who had to endure being searched. Why, she might have been harboring a contraband Tootsie Roll in her bra!


College Park


To say that Metro has better things to worry about than a law-abiding citizen chewing the last of her candy bar in one of its stations is the understatement of the century. The other day, I sat on a train for an hour for a ride that should have taken 25 minutes. I had to listen to the filthy language of a group of teenagers who were throwing wads of paper at each other.

If Metro wants to keep its trains clean and pleasant, it should focus more on the behavior of its passengers and less on their eating habits.


Silver Spring


As I finished reading the article on Stephanie Willett's arrest for eating in the Metro system, I arrived at West Falls Church Station to find candy wrappers and orange peels on the platform bench. As I descended the Rosslyn Station escalator, I watched a young couple finish their McDonald's breakfast and deposit their trash on the floor.

I have seen passengers sipping from their Starbucks containers on trains and have nearly tripped on soda cans, water bottles and beer bottles that roll from under seats and into the aisles.

While the people who commit these crimes may deem them trivial, those of us who deal with the results of their selfishness find them offensive. Maybe Metro could save a few bucks if it didn't have to pick up the trash people leave behind.




A 45-year-old, educated, professional woman still doesn't know how to follow the rules.

I would like to commend the Metro Transit Police officer for doing her job. What if we all decided to ignore the rules that we felt didn't apply to us? Some rules can be too strict, but the way to amend a regulation is not by making crude statements.

In response to Ms. Willet's statement, "Why don't you go and take care of some real crime?" I'm sure the officer would like too! But Officer Cherrail Curry-Hagler is paid to enforce the laws, not to pick which can be ignored and which should be strictly followed.

Police officers do not command respect, they deserve it. They are out there every day, fighting all crime, big and small.