Drunk Man Gets Hit by Train and Wins $2.3 Million

Dustin Dibble, 25, of Brooklyn fell onto the subway tracks back in April of 2006.  A train came and ran over his leg.  Unfortunately, the leg had to be amputated at the calf.

Dibble was drunk at the time and reportedly had a BAC of .18.

The courts just awarded him $2.3 million!

They found that the train operator saw him in time to stop, but did not.  Dibble’s lawyers allege that the train operator saw Dibble and had 180 feet of room to stop, but did not.

The train operator’s lawyer says the driver thought Dibble was simply trash on the tracks.

Dibble admits being intoxicated and does not even remember the incident.

So how is it that this is the fault of the MTA? This guy was drunk, fell onto the tracks, and was hit by a train.  It is absolutely an unfortunate situation.  Obviously, Dibble will never be the same again, but how is that the fault of the train?

It’s not like the driver actually saw a person on the tracks and said to hell with it…hit him.  It’s extremely traumatic for the person driving the train when they hit someone.  Actually, the MTA requires crews associated with this kind of incident to undergo psychological counseling.

It just boggles the mind.

More Free Dunkin Donuts Merch in NYC

Last month, we told you about Dunkin’ Donuts plan to hand out free Metrocards around New York City.  Now, DD tells SUBWAYblogger that they plan to hand out gift cards to rail riders!  Some may even get $99 gift cards.

Here’s the details:

Dunkin Donuts CoffeeHello Subway Blogger,

Hope all is well! I really appreciated you blogging about Dunkin’s MetroCard promotion last month, and wanted to let you and your readers know about another program where Dunkin’ is making the morning commute a little brighter for New Yorkers during these tough times.

On February 10th and 12th, Dunkin’ Donuts “Latte spies” will roam the New York metro area handing out loaded $5.00 gift cards to anyone they see holding a Dunkin’ Donuts bag or cup on their morning commute. Four lucky commuters will also receive $99 gift cards.

These giveaways are a component of Dunkin’s newly launched promotion where all stores in the tri-state area are now offering Lattes for only 99-cents, reinforcing that customers can still indulge in a high-quality beverage without blowing the lids off their budgets.

The “Latte spies” will travel on foot, as well as the LIRR, Subway, NJT and Hoboken Ferry in search of loyal customers at these locations:

Hicksville, Long Island and Penn Station/Herald Square (Tuesday, February 10th)
Iselin, Secaucus and Hoboken, NJ and NYC (Thursday, February 12th)

Now I’m just saying…SUBWAYblogger is a regular Dunkin’ Donuts coffee drinker.  By regular I mean DAILY.  I many not get spotted by a Latte Spy.  Sooooo I’m just saying…HINT HINT.  Wink Wink.  Wouldn’t kill them to send some of those cards my way.

Free MetroCards!

dunkinmetroWant a free ride with that donut?

Over the next month, Dunkin’ Donuts is making the morning commute a little brighter for New Yorkers by providing free subway rides at four of Manhattan’s busiest subway stations. The giveaway is a component of Dunkin’s newly launched “You Kin Do It!” campaign to encourage everyday workers to keep America running during these tough times.

Dunkin’ Donuts representatives will hand out free Metrocards between 6:30 am- 9:30 am on the following dates, outside these stations:

  • Monday, January 12th- Lexington Ave/ 53rd Street
  • Tuesday, January 20th- 14th Street/ Union Square Station
  • Monday, January 26th- Grand Central Station
  • Monday, February 2nd- Times Square/42nd Street

Personally, as someone that goes to the big D on a daily basis (no joke), I wish they were handing out Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards.  But hey, MetroCards are cool too.

Multiple Turnstiles on the Fritz

Turnstile

Did you ever walk into the subway station an notice that a lot of people (including yourself) are having trouble swiping through the turnstile?

I’ve seen it happen three or four times before, and had it happen to me.

We’re regular New Yorkers that swipe through the turnstile everyday without problem.  Then all of a sudden, you try to swipe through just like any other day and you get the dreaded “Please swipe again at this turnstile.”  You swipe again…nothing.  Again…nothing.  Then on the fifth or sixth try, it works.   What the hell was that?  It’s like you’re a clueless tourist or something.

That happened today, but it wasn’t just me.  It seemed that people were having issues at all the turnstiles.  We were all looking at each other like, “Are we being punked here?”

I mean, people were getting through, but it took everyone swiping a few times each.

Times Square Not So Crazy

Times Square Wishing Wall
Times Square Wishing Wall

Shockingly, the Times Square subway station was not really crowded at all today around 3pm when the area was being closed down for tonight’s festivities.

Generally speaking the Times Square subway station is always crowded in the middle of the way.  It gets even more so when there’s a major event going on up on street level.  It actually can get a little overwhelming.  If feels like a flowing river almost.  You get stuck in a mass of people moving one way, and you have to strategically move into the proper flow to get where you’re going.

But as always, even the worst weather never keeps the insane revelers away.  Even complete downpours won’t scare them off.  So a little cold and snow certainly won’t.

Sometimes I think how much money you could make selling flasks to people as they come out of the subway on New Year’s Eve.  Think about it.  You could probably get $20 per flask of rum or whiskey easily.  Just buy boxes of $5.00 flasks and cheap booze, and go to town selling.

Ehhh…I’ll stay in this year.

First MTA Budget Hearing – January 14th

The first of eight public hearings to discuss the proposed fare hikes and crossing tolls is coming up on January 14th at the Hilton right here in Manhattan.

Are any of you planning on attending?

I have a meeting during the hearing, so I don’t think I will be able to make it.  Wish I could.

If you are planning on attending, and you use Twitter, let SUBWAYblogger know by posting comment.  You can find SUBWAYblogger on Twitter already. We’ll post a link to your Twitter feed for live updates from the hearing.

Maybe you plan on live blogging it…we’ll link to that too.

Federal Bailout the MTA?

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/syndication?id=36806859&path=%2Fnews%2Fbusiness

Hell, why not?  If banks, auto manufacturers, and more are all bellying up to the pork buffet, why can’t the MTA?

Senator Chuck Schumer wants the federal government to write a check for a few billion dollars to bail out the MTA.

Just think, this could have been done back when Congestion Pricing was all the rage.  It wouldn’t have been a bailout either.  Under the Congestion Pricing plan, the city would have received a massive grant to fund the building of the infrastructure to get the system off the ground…to the tune of $500 million.  Much of it would have also went to improving services to handle the expected increase in ridership.

Then, the city would have created a new and massive revenue source…all of the congestion pricing fees (taxes) that could have been funneled right back into maintaining the MTA services.

But noooo…we had to block that.  F*cking idiots.  Everyone who opposed that plan should be booted out of office.

Would it have completely avoided the current crisis?  Probably not, but it would have done a ton to make it better.  The estimated yearly revenue generated from the congestion pricing plan is around $491 million.  That would have gone a long way to helping get us out of the disaster we are currently lost in.

Top Commenters Link Love

Top SUBWAYblogger commenters will now get some link love.  Everyday, we run through the database of comments.  Those readers that have the most comments posted within the last 7 days will get a link to their site posted in the SUBWAYblogger sidebar.

Just comment away as usual.  Your comment count is tied to your email address (always kept anonymous).  So as long as you use the same email address each time, your comment tally will remain accurate.

The top commentors list is indexable by the search engines.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Wall Collapse & Subway Delays

Was anyone delayed by the wall collapse on Lexington in the 30’s today?

Apparently, there was a 10 foot wall that collapsed at a construction site.  Emergency officials evacuated a neighboring building as a precaution because they feared that the ground movement might make the foundation of that building unstable.  It wasn’t really that bad though.

Then they ordered the MTA to slow train traffic on the 4, 5, and 6 through the area.  The train vibration can cause more ground settling.

Just wondering if there really was a big delay or not.  I’d imagine not.  Probably just right when it happened.

People in my office were flipping out that another building had collapsed.  Uhhhhh no.  Go back to work.