Clever Toronto Subway Poster-Joke on Mayor Rob Ford's Drinking Problem Goes Viral

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By Johnlee Varghese | February 26, 2014 11:55 PM EST

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford/Reuters
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford/Reuters

The scribbling on a simple poster from Alcoholics Anonymous group Al-Anon/Alateen in Toronto has gone viral on the internet.

An Al-Anon/Alateen publicity poster, put up in a subway in Toronto, asks the question: "Is Your Life Affected by Someone's Drinking Problem?" It also has suggestions, such as "My Child", "My Parent", "My Spouse", "My Friend". However, a scribbling by a Torontonian has added another option to the list - "My Mayor", making the poster an instant hit online.

For the past several months Toronto Mayor Rob Ford remained in the news for his binge drinking, and also for the revelation that he smoked 'crack'.

Toronto Subway Al-Anon/Alateen poster that went viral after somebody scribbled My Mayor/Amnell

Toronto Subway Al-Anon/Alateen poster that went viral after somebody scribbled My Mayor/Amnell

Over the years, despite being in public office, Ford managed to continue binge drinking. In 2006, Ford, who was then a city councilor, was even thrown out of a Maple Leafs' hockey game for getting into a drunken, expletive-laden arguments with fans.

Similarly in June 2010, Ford was recorded, telling a constituent on the phone that he would try to score some OxyContin, a narcotic pain reliever, for him.

"On Christmas Day of 2011, Ford's mother-in-law called police between 4 and 5 am to report that the Mayor had been drinking and was taking his children to Florida against the wishes of his wife, Renata," The Toronto Star reported.

The picture of the poster, put up by user Amnell on Reddit, has now become a topic of tense debate.

Al-Anon/Alateen calls itself "a worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the alcoholic recognizes the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help." 

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Toronto Subway Al-Anon/Alateen poster that went viral after somebody scribbled My Mayor/Amnell
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