On my last day at work in Toronto, I decided to make a photo report of my journey to work. Considering that I take a tram, 2 subways and a bus to go to work, I wanted to make it unforgettable, this journey I was doing twice a day.
So I started by the tram stop, the tram coming, me in the tram, the subway entrance, first subway stop etc… at the second subway’s station I continued my artistic work, took this picture and got into the wagon waiting for the subway to leave.
But it didn’t leave, the subway stayed there for long minutes. While I was worried about the bus I’ll miss, a constable came in with his talkie walkie: tchh tchhh walking back and forth until he stopped in front of me:
Toronto Transit Commission Constable: Would you please follow me sir ?
A.: pardon me !
TTC: I would like you to follow me, please.
A.: ME ?
TTC: Yes sir, please
A.: well, OK
TTC: thank you sir
A.: You know that it is my right not to go with you without you giving me a good reason… but not to make troubles I am going with you
TTC: I know that sir and I really appreciate your assistance.
A.: It better be serious coz I am missing a party at work now, u know ?
TTC: sorry for that sir…
So he leads the way to the control room, where all the subway lines of Toronto can be monitored… He offers me a seat:
TTC: It shouldn’t be long sir
A.: I’m just curious to know what’s the reason for all that.
TTC: you’ll know soon sir…
A.: mmmm don’t tell me it’s because of the pictures
TTC constable in his talkie walkie: Tchhh tchhh the suspect is asking if it’s because of the pictures, what should I say ?
A.: SUSPECT ???
so we sit there for 20 minutes and chit chat, I tell him I’m a foreigner and that it’s my last day at work, that I loved Toronto and that’s why I’m taking bits and pieces of my life here in pictures as memories…
A.: So I decided to make a photo report of my everyday life, the places I like etc..
TTC: great idea
A.: wanna see the pics ?
When my TTC constable friend saw the innocent and funny pics…
TTC: I’m totally sorry sir
A.: don’t worry, I understand. I am taking it from the good side, it’s funny for me to be arrested on my last day at work while my colleagues have prepared a surprise for me and are waiting for me to come…
TTC: Maybe it’s funny, but it’s so sad too
A.: True true
TTC: I’m really sorry for what’s happening
In the mean time, three policemen arrived, with their tough faces…
Policeman 1: So you are the one ?
A.: if you say so
Policeman 2: so you’re taking pictures in the station
A.: Yes, (explaining the story from scratch)
P2: Can we see them
A.: of course
P3: do you have an ID ?
A.: yeah sure
Policeman 1 calls the Toronto Police for an Identity check, while I am showing the pics to the other 2… I go through the day pictures and then accidently show them a few pictures of world cup games celebrations and a brazilian party…
P2: nice pictures you have here
P3: so did you like your stay here ?
A.: I had a great time, I love this city… and the country
P3: good to hear, you know that’s the real thing, unfortunately times are hard now, remember the people arrested last week… u only hear about terrorism plots here and there
A.: that’s so bad, it’s like a phobia everywhere, a situation like this is ridiculous
P1: yeah but better safe than sorry, we prefer to arrest innocents for a couple of hours rather than take a chance… here you go, your ID
A.: Thanks, I guess I won’t ask you for a picture…
P2: (laughing) no you better not 🙂
better not, better not