You might have noticed a few new stickers around the tube lately that don’t quite seem to fit in with the others. They may tell you not to look at other passengers for too long or if things get busy to sit on someone’s lap.
However these are nothing to do with the tube, nor are they the work of a street (tube) artist looking to make a point. Some you may not even notice – for example spot the difference :
Others include :
“No eye contact. Penalty £200.”
“Peak hours may necessitate you let other people sit on your lap.”
Although the stickers are pretty much harmless and most are amused the British Transport Police (BTP) are not. They commented to BBC London :
“The costs of graffiti are substantial for the railway industry in terms of repairs and clean-up, and can leave permanent scars on the infrastructure.”
Well then what we say is leave them – they’re funny and won’t do anyone any harm as they are only pointing out what mostly happens on the tube anyway.
If you want to get involved with the stickering then you can – the stickers that use the same font and designs as the London Underground can be bought at mixthemessage.com at around £2 each.