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Shocker: New Yorkers Hit Each Other During Transit Strike

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Poor old New Yorkers. The trains don’t run and they act like it’s the end of the world:

“It makes you confused,” said Sera Hargrevas, an interior designer who figured she would walk 150 blocks before the day was done. “I can’t deal with anything else but walking right now. Everything is so crowded. People are so angry — they are hitting you and they don’t even apologize. . . . I’m a little tense.”

In my experience, New Yorkers regularly hit you and don’t apologize–don’t blame the transit strike.

“I spent the last two hours walking and the first 30 minutes trying to figure out how to get there,” Profumo said Tuesday afternoon as he reached the halfway point. “I had to ask somebody where Broadway was — and I grew up here.”

I should give this guy a break, because he’s only 16, but I won’t because that’s the kind of person I am. If you grew up in the damn city, figure out the local geography instead of putting it all in the hands of transit workers to get you where you’re going. What do you do when the lights go out? Curse the electric company workers or go get a flashlight for God’s sake?

Some judge is fining the transit workers a million dollars a day because it’s illegal for public employees to strike. That’ll help get things resolved. Did you think they didn’t know it was “illegal,” judge? You’ve got a transit strike because the transit workers obviously decided it was the only way to get some leverage and get treated better. If it’s illegal to strike when you can’t get a contract, what’s the point of having a union in the first place?

News flash, New Yorkers: your city is not the center of the universe, and each one of you is not the center of the universe, either, though in my experience most of you believe otherwise. Things are tough all over. Maybe you should call up the mayor and tell him to give the workers what they want instead of making them look like the bad guys — or would it be too much trouble to switch off your iPod or stop obsessively checking your BlackBerry?

Put on your hat and your gloves and start walking.

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  • http://jonsobel.com/ Jon Sobel

    If I may be serious with you for a second, Blunderford: the city actually seems incredibly normal to me today, the second day of the strike. Getting in and out is certainly troublesome, but once here, just walking about you’d have no idea there was a strike on except for the subway entrances being barred and the traffic patterns being subtly different (Avenues more crowded than usual, Streets less). It’s actually quite impressive how people are coping with this huge inconvenience just fine.

  • http://freewayjam.blogspot.com uao

    Also keep in mind:

    The city itself is larger than some countries; it takes 3 hours to take public transportation from, say Staten Island to the Bronx (as I did every day in college– 3 hours both ways, that is; 6 hours a day)

    It’s also about zero degreesm, made colder with wind chill, which is severe in NY, and the strike is illegal.

    Have some pity on New Yorkers; its freezing cold, they don’t know every inch of the city (especially since much travel is done underground), the distances are long (try walking across the Brooklyn Bridge in freezing, windy December weather, knowing you have another 3 or 4 miles to walk when you reach the other side).

    I really don’t see what you have to gain by kicking New Yorkers, who have done nothing to you, while they’re suffering with this 3 days before Christmas, with no certain end in sight.

    You’d never last a day in NYC, Blunderford.

    Kind of a Scroogy, Grinchy post, if you ask me.

  • http://breathoffreshink.blogspot.com Chris Evans

    Yes, let’s see YOUR ass walk 150 blocks to and from work when it’s 15 degrees outside.

  • http://blunderford.blogspot.com Blunderford

    I’m a Scroogy, Grinchy guy, which means I’d do quite well in New York actually.

  • http://freewayjam.blogspot.com uao

    New Yorkers have hearts of gold Blunderford. Ask any New Yorker.

  • http://leftbehinds.blogspot.com Left Behinds

    You’re too hard on us, but I am surprised at how unsympathetic liberals are to the strikers:
    Broke College Grads Resent MTA Workers

  • Justin Berry

    What do you mean your surprised? When has aliberal ever cared about anything other than their own personal comfort?

    The only people who your really hurting is the ACLU who cant decide whether to walk the 150 block to take up you cause or ask the President to break your Union.

  • http://breathoffreshink.blogspot.com Chris Evans

    How do you figure liberals only care about their own comfort, when liberals are the ones (or at least used to be–let’s not get me started on how wimpy they’ve gotten in the past 8 years) wh are constantly advocating equality, whereas conservatives refuse to acknowledge progression?