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Woman has vowed to fight a $50 summons for resting her injured leg on a seat in a nearly empty subway car

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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	Kate Wilson.

Kate Wilson was fined $50 for resting her leg on the seat while riding the D train.

AN OUTRAGED Brooklyn woman has vowed to fight a $50 summons for resting her injured leg on a seat in a nearly empty subway car.

Kate Wilson, 29, said she was nursing a strained calf muscle and propped her right leg up on an empty seat while riding the D train in Borough Park about 1 a.m. Sunday.

The car was sprinkled with about five straphangers, she said, when three cops told her to step off the train at the 36th St. station, just one stop from her home.

“There were empty seats all around the whole car,” she said. “It was ridiculous. It wasn’t a conversation. I felt harassed.”

As one cop began to write her a summons for obstructing seating, Wilson tried to reason with the officers and told them she ran 4 miles through Prospect Park the day before.

“I told them that I had run a race and my leg had been injured,” she said. “But, no, they didn’t care.”

She continued to protest until the officers told her she should “be grateful” she wasn’t getting cuffed, she recalled.

“I asked them if they had bigger fish to fry,” she recalled. “The police officer said, ‘Yeah, but we’re frying this one now.’ ”

Wilson, who works as an administrative assistant in the city, said she finally just bit her lip.

“It was a waste of resources,” she said. “I can’t help but believe this is happening to other people, but nobody comes forward.”

The NYPD didn’t respond to requests for comment.

“It’s not that [the cops] are bad people,” Wilson said. “It’s just that they shouldn’t be robots.”

The most recent NYPD statistics show that summons activity has declined in Transit District 34, which covers the area where Wilson was caught. Tickets for occupying more than one seat are down more than 23% from the same period last year, the stats show.

After getting the ticket, Wilson said it was too late to wait for another train, so she walked several blocks home.

“I walked away with a $50 ticket and didn’t see a single cop along the streets to my home,” she said. “Three cops on the platform and no cops on the street.”

Wilson is due in court on March 27.

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1_hawt_mami
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM
That's ridiculous
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periwinkle163
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

 She had a pulled muscle not a broken leg, anyone could randomly say I pulled a muscle running.

angelachristine
by Bronze Member on Mar. 4, 2012 at 7:16 PM

ok but what about the fact the subway was nearly empty. it wasn't like there were people that wanted to sit in that particular spot. sounds like either the cops are getting kickbacks for tickets or they have small  man syndrome. either way it's stupid.

Quoting periwinkle163:

 She had a pulled muscle not a broken leg, anyone could randomly say I pulled a muscle running.


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cjsmom1
by Silver Member on Mar. 4, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I think it's dumb to ticket people when the train is pretty much empty. If the train was full then I have no problem with ticketing people for taking up multiple seats. I would hate getting on the train and someone was taking up 4 seats with their bags while my young ds stood there. But in cases like this I find it ridiculous.

MommyOfOne2710
by Member on Mar. 4, 2012 at 8:16 PM
Me, too. Especially since there are a million other things these cops should have been doing.

Quoting cjsmom1:

I think it's dumb to ticket people when the train is pretty much empty. If the train was full then I have no problem with ticketing people for taking up multiple seats. I would hate getting on the train and someone was taking up 4 seats with their bags while my young ds stood there. But in cases like this I find it ridiculous.

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