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This subway spaghetti spat was part of an ongoing debate about subway etiquette and eating in transit. For what it's worth, our own very scientific survey found that most people are in favor of making eating on the subway illegal.
If you saw a drunken, bloodied man in distress lying on the tracks, would you stand there filming him while making light of the situation with your friends? These people didâthey took several videos while waiting for MTA to arrive. Most of those videos have been taken down, per the videographers requests, but you can watch one here.
We've already established that most people don't approve of eating on the subway, but what about furiously licking your own shoe?
We watched in horror as three men viciously beat up a good Samaritan who scolded them for spitting on the L train. A 19-year-old was eventually identified from the video, and has been charged with assault and harassment.
We always knew the rats ruled the subways, but we got overwhelming, shudder-inducing proof of it this year. That included the video of a rat climbing all over a sleeping man, and a pet rat riding the train.
In May, a video circulated of a man freaking out on a 6 train, yelling racial epithets at other subway riders as well as "shoot me" to a cop, stripping down, and lunging at other riders waiting on the Bronx subway platform before being subdued by a cop.
Children of NYC, it's important you learn to be patient, because sometimes Mommy has important errands to run and she needs you to SIT QUIETLY in your stroller and not cry as you roll out of the subway car during her fistfight.
Riding on the inside of the subway car is for sheepâreal rebels ride on the outside of the car. But we kind of prefer extreme subway skateboardingâbetter production values and all.
Most people have the sense not to resist arrest when cops catch them redhandedâbut teenagers are not most people. And they certainly don't have any sense.
And finally, not all viral subway videos this year depicted fights, acts of human indifference, or shoe licking: at least one was worthy of Hans Moleman.