Sunday, March 21, 2010

Beware subway seat hogging

One recent night, Ryan David LaMont settled into the wary peace of a post-midnight journey on the No. 2 train. He was not quite alone, since a few other people were on board, but he had rows and rows of seats to choose from. ...

“An N.Y.P.D. officer stepped into the car, pointed at me and another guy who was sitting on the other end of the train,” Mr. LaMont said. “He told us, ‘Get off the train.’ ”

Both men were being issued summonses for seat hoggery, a violation of part of Section 1050.7 of the Rules of Conduct, which says that no one shall “occupy more than one seat on a station, platform or conveyance when to do so would interfere or tend to interfere with the operation of the Authority’s transit system or the comfort of other passengers.”

You might think seat hogs were on a rampage. Although fewer summonses were issued last year for all transit offenses, the number of tickets for glomming two seats actually increased by 16 percent, rising to 9,490 in 2009. ...

“I had my legs up on the seat,” Mr. LaMont said. “My feet were draped over the edge. For one thing, it’s courtesy not to put your feet on the seat. Also, I’d heard someone else getting yelled at a few weeks earlier for having their feet on the seat.”

In any case, he was charged with occupying more than one seat, not with having his feet up. It came with a $50 fine.
--Jim Dwyer, NYT, on things not to do in New York City

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