We've heard about people getting ticketed for putting their bags on subway seats, but this one's even zanier. From the Gothamist mailbag:

Last night I was riding the R train back to Brooklyn after a night out. I was minding my own business listening to my ipod when the train stopped at Atlantic. A cop came in and asked me to step out side the train. He asked me if I knew why he asked me to get off and I of course said "No." Apparently he noticed that I had a foot on the seat in front of me. (Another cop had asked another passenger in the same car to get off for the sam reason.) After taking a few minutes to show us where in the rule pamphlet it says that it is a violation to put your feet on the seat, he proceeded to write me a ticket! For $50!

I didn't even know you could get a ticket on the subway! And to think of all of the 'violations' I see on the subway every day, *I* get a ticket for putting my foot on the seat at 4am when all I really want to do is get home to my bed.

So, do you have any advice for getting out of a ticket like this? Will showing up at the hearing help? What would happen to me (and my out of state license) if I just don't pay?

And serioulsly, were those cops just BORED last night?

Please help.

Or first try would be to appeal the ticket. Actually showing up and pleading your case generally helps - it was, after all 4 A.M. on a Sunday morning! As for just not paying the ticket, we wouldn't recommend it. But what do we know, readers?

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