Sign in metro: 'Au Québec, c'est en français que ça se passe'
A picture making the rounds on Facebook shows a sign in the window of a metro ticket booth.
The sign reads "Au Québec, c'est en français que ça se passe."
Jessica Rodrigues says she took the picture Wednesday night at the Villa Maria metro station.
"I was leaving the Villa Maria subway station at around 7 p.m.," says Rodrigues, who works as a paralegal at a local law firm. "As I was passing the kiosk I saw the paper on the glass, and I had to look twice, because I thought I read it wrong."
She took the photo because she thought it represented a lack of respect to STM customers.
"The sign just screams, 'if you don't speak to me in French, I will not serve you.'"
And, Rodrigues says, according to one of the dozens of people who've reposted her photo on Facebook, it appears the ticket-taker in question is taking his own sign seriously.
"What I did see is that someone posted on Facebook that he did see the sign yesterday, and when he spoke to [the ticket-taker] in English, the clerk just pointed at the sign."
Meanwhile, STM spokesperson Marianne Rouette is hinting at possible disciplinary action for the ticket-taker.
She says the sign is an unauthorized political message which constitutes discrimination on the basis of language, something which is expressly forbidden under the STM's code of ethics for employees.
"Yes, he will be met, and if the result of the meeting tells that there are measures to be taken, they will be taken."