First, here is that video as shared on Twitter.
"This is outrageous,” said Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Acting CEO Janno Lieber during a press conference. “Number one, the guy's a jerk.” He added that “every New Yorker” knows that riding the subway involves basic principles like respect, then described the man’s behavior as “an incredible, egregious violation of basic human decency and respect.”
It’s also a violation of MTA rules that require mask-wearing while aboard public transportation and at indoor stations. Violations come with a $50 fine, which the harassed passenger pointed out to the maskless menace herself.
“I wish the police would come and give you a $50 fine,” the woman, then seated, tells the man at the opening of the video. In response, he pitches up his voice and sarcastically tells her he’s “so afraid” while leaning over her seat.
“Please get away from me, sir,” the woman replies before standing up from her seat.
“Sit, take a seat,” he tells the woman, which is when she tells him to respect his elders.
When another passenger on the subway tried to reason with the man, he also told them to “take a seat” and “sit the f—k down.” He also repeated his insistence that he respects “freedom.” Before the video ends, the man stares into the camera as he perches in the center of the car and holds onto a railing.
According to Upper East Site, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said they were aware of the video but hadn’t received any complaints.
The man’s identity has not been released, but some on Twitter suggest the same person was at an anti-vaccine mandate rally earlier that same day, based on photos reportedly from the event.
“We’re not going to yield any ground to people who want to bring whatever political ideology or theory they have,” Lieber continued in his statement. “We’re going to continue to aggressively encourage and make sure people wear masks for science reasons but also out of respect for each other.”
You can also view some of the clip below, courtesy of YouTube.
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