WORCESTER, Mass.—On Saturday afternoon, Connecticut resident Joan Pittman called into WGBH while driving on the Mass Pike, certain that listeners wanted to hear her Connecticuttian thoughts on Massachusetts drivers.
“Why is it that every time I drive through this place, it seems like the entire state–sorry, Commonwealth–is on the road? It’s a pandemic! Where are you going?” Pittman said, a chorus of honking behind her. “And another thing. Stop it with the dang honking! You Massholes are truly unrefined drivers.”
The next WGBH call came from a resident of Shrewsbury, also on the Mass Pike at the time. “Yeah, I’m just calling to make a request to the lady in the car ahead of me with the Connecticut plates. She’s swerving all over the road, yakkin’ on the phone, and has her hazards on for some reason. We all keep honkin’ to get her attention, but she just waves us off. And to top it all off, she’s going the speed limit in the left lane! Get off our roads, ya freakin Nutmegger!”
At press time, WGBH radio hosts had just finished their 5pm traffic report covering a 12-car pile-up just outside of Worcester.