Riding the Brooklyn-bound 4 train from the Upper East Side earlier today, I heard a disturbing announcement over the public address system. It said: "A crowded subway is no excuse for illegal sexual conduct."
Is it really necessary to remind people of this? Is the type of person who would grope somebody discreetly on a crowded rush-hour train really the sort of person who would stop because the disembodied, Moviephone-esque Voice of God told him that the practice was discouraged by the authorities? What state of affairs brought this about?