During the hustle of Monday-evening rush hour at the Forest Hills T station this week, a group of carolers thought they’d surprise the weary commuters with some cheerful holiday tunes. But shortly after the concert began, MBTA transit police shut down the singers because they hadn’t obtained the proper permit beforehand. “Apparently Christmas carols require a permit,” despondently tweeted the group’s organizer, the Rev. Laura Everett.
T spokesman Joe Pesaturo explained that after officials determined the carolers didn’t have the necessary approvals, “they were asked to leave the busy spot teeming with pedestrians. In the spirit of the holidays, however, GM [Beverly] Scott invited the singers back. Transit police and station personnel will find a suitable and safe location where their voices of the season can be enjoyed by one and all.”
It’s a nice gesture by Scott, the former Atlanta transit chief who just moved to Boston to serve as general manager. But couldn’t the police have found a safe place for the singers without all the hassles? If there is ever a season to bend the rules, this would be it.
Now, in gesture of conciliation, the choral group has invited Scott to join in the caroling. And she’s accepted. That’s the true spirit of the holidays.