"I think society has become
very xenophobic. There is this constant fear. And by
having this trust in someone, you become a better
person. I think that’s what it’s all about."
CBS News Correspondent Steve
Hartman (Photo: CBS)
(CBS) Just across the Potomac, near Mount
Vernon, where George Washington slept, outside a motel where
he didn’t, CBS News Correspondent Steve Hartman
found for his "Everybody Has A Story" series
Anthony Jacobik, a not-so-famous American.
Tony Jacobik is a financial manager for the federal
government. And because he works in Washington and lives in
Fairfax County, Virginia, every day, twice a day, he has to
face one of the toughest commutes in the country.
He says, “Sometimes it would take me an hour, 20.
Sometimes it would take me two hours.”
But now Jacobik gets home in half that time, thanks to a
commuting alternative known as 'slugging." Slugging is
kind of like car pooling in that you get to take full
advantage of the diamond or the HOV-3 lines, but it is
different from carpooling in that your passengers are total
Recently, he met a woman from Ghana, Africa, and he says,
"You get to know people.”
And yet any schmo can get in Jacobik's car. "But he’s
a nicely dressed Schmo," Jacobik responds with a laugh.
Every day, thousands of people from all over D.C. have no
problem just popping into a car with somebody they have
Here’s how it works: The passengers, or slugs as they’re
called, form spontaneous queues during rush hour. Each row
has a different final destination with people holding up
signs of where they want to go. If a driver is headed that
same way, he or she hooks up with the slugs and pretty soon
everybody is zipping along, to the mutual benefit of all.
Jacobik notes, “I think society has become very
xenophobic. There is this constant fear. And by having this
trust in someone, you become a better person. I think
that’s what it’s all about.”
And with that, he led Hartman, with the toss of a dart, to
Litchfield, Conn., in search of his next interview subject.