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Posted by Misterl on Wednesday, July 29th 2020:

In 1963 I was working a summer job in lower Manhattan. I lived in Pelham Bay. On an evening ride home, on a crowded train, I was in the middle of the car holding on to the center pole with 3 or 4 other men. Shortly before the Castle Hill station a man collapses. When the doors opened we dragged him onto the platform. I remember hearing words like "heart attack". I ran down stairs to the token agent, who was busy reading a Daily News. He glanced up at me and I told him someone fell ill on the train. He then slammed his paper down, cursed at me, and climbed the stairs enough to see a crowd of people, and cursed some more. This 19-year old learned a lesson: never interrupt a token clerk when they're reading a newspaper!

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