If you ever wondered how it would feel asking the MTA to pay for your pants, after they been ruined by an LIRR or Metro-North seat, wonder no more! The NY Times investigates the pants-chewing armrests on commuter trains on the M7 train cars. The armrests are "made of a rubbery material that seems to grab onto fabric and not let go" and love to attack when passengers sit down.
The claims for reimbursement (from people who have actually filed them) have totaled over $100,000 over the past four years, and even though they did pay $1,045.61 for a new Paul Stuart suit, MTA employees are not shy about searching online to see how much pants really cost and calculating the depreciation of the pants. The MTA says they are designing a new armrest that is shorter and made of smoother plastic.
Naturally, this reminds us of other times when pants become an issue with the MTA. There's the time when police arrested people participating in Improv Everywhere's 2006 No Pants Ride. And then there's Dan Hoyt, the subway pleasurer, who would have had a different defense strategy if the subway seats had armrests.
Photograph of No Pants Ride by ICopyThat