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Down FM slash six nine nine per pound slash support this week we have a very righteous guests in less actually somebody who's really really humble Somebody who was very important to the New York City fabric faces and and say I'm Gonna I'm GonNa save all that other talk to Joe Joe Breaking Down Yeah Hey guys welcome to another episode I'm so excited for today's guest and this this is actually Jacob's dream guest his way back when we were starting this podcast we wanted to shed light onto careers just being like all right we have our life and that runs well and there are so many people who make sure that happens and Jackie was like I want to interview someone in the MTA yeah and so we've been like on the hunt and of course we just come across as gem of human being Joanna who's been working at the MTA for twenty eight and twenty nine years it's Schaus excited to hear more but not only that she worked there she's also an entrepreneur and the huge contributor Turkey community due to her experience mta she kind of found her passion for comedy she is a comedian stand up comedian and has started her own show oh where it kind of recounts the Hilarity of when you work at the MTA station so these yes I am sure you've you've seen some stuff yes shit yes yes so she has a comedy show called Swipe this my life and transit yes with fellow MTA workers she has hosted a now host laugh tracks comedy show at an Inkwell Jazz and comedy cafe in bed Stuy and she also recently created their black women in comedy festival so she is just for an active community contributor and we're excited to get schooled on all things but also how you channel those passions something the things of your average daily and channeling it to something creative so oh please welcome Joanna Briley the podcast thank you so much thank you so much for having me I am honored to be here I'm I'm a station agent When I came down we would call railroad clerks token booth clerks if you will I love being in the booth because I get to see and meet so many different people the culture of New York City is right in front of me so pens on where I'm working I get to see some everything anything and I when I first came out twenty in one thousand nine hundred one I was way before mastercards Tokyo Tokens Tokens the tokens that's why they call the token booth clerks I still use it because I think is more identifiable so the it was hectic it was hectic take I was twenty two my first real job and I'm working the night shift station I was in the city ideolog thirty four th street right yeah right underneath I dunno okay so this station or the six hundred square right Sixth Avenue six her is busy is busy and people are mean you know they just want their their tokens and they want you to be out of work right but you know so it for me adapting to that fast paced disrespected profession you know what I mean because you know you have feeling so you're right somebody's tap hey can you feel away like don't talk to me like that you wanNA address it but the job teaches you just like just says assembly line if you will just sell the token get him out your weight keep him keep him going but then you know you you develop feelings about how you're being treated in so I everybody has a story about an MTA worker that they cursed out or they were rude or you now I'm not condoling condoning it but it has its toll it takes his toll on you and some days you do have attitude because people do take advantage people do abuse the system and they abuse us and so when I created when I started doing comedy comedy that was to offset for me personally that feeling of helplessness in the booth where you have no one to like really hear there's really no hr yeah it's me and the person that calls up on you say hey they were rude so for me I found we're going to track person ask we have badge numbers and that's those four so most people give me a badge number and they write it down and they call the person was what I'm saying like the person that was being rude right right yeah let's see in the and that's the thing that's why I was one-sided I we feel MTA doesn't give us the benefit of the doubt customer's always right yeah isn't always the case thanks I specifically choose to work the overnight shift just because of the peace yeah you less people you see a lot more derelict's or homeless yeah and perverts but I'm single so but yes that's the I liked the piece of not dealing with the public as yeah yeah they're very demanding and also when they introduced the Metro Card I was one of the first group of clerks that signed up for the program program to learn it and we were locked in and the station I was locked in was delancey Street Essex Flying Jay line side so right right and it was just it was horrible it was horrible at that time we told you why lockton because it was is a program a pilot program to see how the Macau would work all designated stations and people who had to request it you know so I was tokens this metro cards given directions this is seven o'clock in the morning at Essex Street in the Middle Eighty Ninety nine early ninety four ninety five ninety four now I I saw like Tolkien's being used back in ninety eight ninety the token stopped in two thousand and three right right so ninety four ninety five was a pilot program I was in the pilot program was one day how to blue much right right right exactly and I it was just overwhelming because you had an if you I don't know about now but back then the line will go up the stairs you know because people weren't efficient I know you know it's the weekend get your stuff in Iran's yeah they had ten packs ten packs tokens so you buy ten pack in advance so you can keep moving so I wanted to know if you could walk our listeners so let's say like Jackie and I are like rookies right all right we want to work for the MTA like WanNa sign sign up and as a veteran like how would you break this whole thing down for us like what are the central things that we need to know and you know some of like avoid this definitely do you'd get into to take a test how do you think I'm going to work well a last are from the two Russian I guess I was seven I was eighteen when I took the test in the black community and most minority communities our trajectory is usually civil service row always save jobs save jobs and you know there's no discrimination it's basically you're going to get in get in a union right they fight fight for your right you're protected right yeah so that's the reason I'm those elder older in my building it was like Oh that's what I do so I took the test not knowing the at the police officer well I filed for the police officer exam and I was of the mindset that women I'm an police officers worked in an office because I never saw them in the street Solomona road in the eighties yeah especially in the right so and so I find ah for it and then that particularly on fortunately the first female officer was killed in East New York I was like oh not doing enough I mean S. so I I was like Oh i WanNa be in office I want to wear uniform but I want to be in Auburn New York and the agent job and when they called me I was happy I was happy because I know is a solid job what you need to know is directions you have to know northeast southwest isn't northbound southbound you have to know Herald Square one of the things in a test it asks you where if you had to go to thirty four and Iro Square how would you get there I wouldn't have to tell you how based on a question exactly yeah and then it was the typical if one's rain left Penn station at.