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Man casually smokes as he’s nearly run down by New York subway

PSA: Don't smoke under the subway platform.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 26, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 11:32 pm CDT

Some New Yorkers were briefly terrified on Monday when they thought they were about to witness a man being run down by a speeding subway in Chinatown.

The man was apparently smoking on the tracks when the B train came hurtling into the Grand Street station. Shon Mogharabi, a man who witnessed the incident, tried to pull the smoker to safety, but the man instead disappeared under the platform.

“Right before the train hit him, he ducked under the platform,” Mogharabi, 31, told the New York Post. “Everyone turned away, thinking he was dead. It was terrible.”

But this isn’t a subway story that ends in tragedy.

“Then he waved his hand from between the train and the platform, and we were all shocked,” Mogharabi said.

A video on Mogharabi’s Twitter shows the man walking along the tracks next to a stopped train.

Apparently, this isn’t a totally uncommon move in NYC. The video shows the man taking some time to throw trash at the train, and then strolling along like it’s no big deal.

In fact, he strolls right past the firefighters who had been called to the scene. When one of them turns around to confront him, he briefly humps the train and dances a little jig. The firefighters are unfazed; it’s just another day in the Big Apple.

People on Twitter seem to have embraced the man as a new folk hero or, at the very least, an entertaining dude. New York magazine even declared him the city’s new mayor.

Police say the man was intoxicated, and they took him to Bellevue Hospital. He has not been arrested on any charges.

H/T New York Post

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*First Published: Feb 26, 2018, 7:08 pm CST