TTC April Fools' prank tells riders pop cans are new proof of payment
Chris Herhalt, CP24.com
Published Friday, April 1, 2016 10:32AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, April 1, 2016 11:37AM EDT
If only it were that simple, Toronto’s public transit agency crafted an April Fools prank this year which if true, would make riding the Rocket quite the sugary, syrupy experience.
TTC Chief Customer Officer Chris Upfold and chief spokesperson Brad Ross appeared in a video telling TTC riders that starting Friday, actual cans of pop would become the new acceptable proof of payment on all TTC vehicles.
“They’ll have some questions,” Ross said in the video. “Is it caffeine free, is it diet, is it some sort of no-name brand, does it matter?”
“It doesn’t matter at all,” Upfold replies. “That’s entirely down to your preference it can be any of those things — it can be a cola, it can be an orange pop.”
The dialogue is interspersed with clips of a fare inspector checking a row of streetcar passengers for their pop cans, people purchasing pop from vending machines and a streetcar operator handing out cans of pop as transfers.
Upfold had some other pieces of advice for TTC riders and their new carbonated proof of payment.
“Don’t shake your pop, be a professional,” TTC Chief Customer Officer Chris Upfold warns Brad in the video. “Hold it like a grown-up and be ready to show it to a fare inspector.”
But at the two minute mark, Upfold and Ross fall back to reality, urging riders to have proof of payment, not pop, when they board TTC vehicles.
Plenty of Canadian firms and leaders craft pranks
The TTC was not the only organization to get into the April Fools' spirit.
The travel website Expedia got in on the fun with a video heralding the launch of Ginge-Air, “the world’s first redheard-only airline,” which hands out buckets of sunscreen to any redhead customer flying to sunny destinations.
While the Jack Astor’s restaurant chain released a plan Friday morning touting new “coin-operated” beer taps, which would dispense mouthfuls of beer for coins and free up bartenders’ time.
Federal Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose posted a video online claiming that she had listed Stornoway, the official Ottawa residence of the leader of the opposition, on the property rental site AirBnB for the affordable nightly price of $29.4 billion.
Federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair posted a photo on Twitter purporting to show him preparing to shave his famous beard.
In Alberta, the Alberta Motor Association announced a program to pair “stranded, stressed out motorists with specially trained therapy animals.”
It said hamsters, chickens, ferrets and chinchillas would be enlisted in the program.