It could have been a scene straight out of a horror movie.
A woman trying to sell crickets and worms on a crowded New York City subway car became frazzled by some teenagers and let the critters loose on riders, then urinated on herself, according to social media posts and news reports.
Riders on the subway train were locked in close quarters with the critters for half an hour during rush hour on Wednesday evening after a passenger pulled the train’s emergency brake while they were on the Manhattan Bridge.
The teenagers had pushed the woman as she offered the creepy-crawlies for sale, and she tossed the container holding them into the air, the New York Post reported, citing witnesses. It was unclear if the teens pushed her accidentally.
After the crickets were set free, some of them jumped on passengers, according to the Post.
“Never seen a crowd get so panicked so fast, everyone rushed to the other side of the train,” one rider, Ezra Mechaber, wrote on Twitter. “Mass hysteria in a locked, enclosed space is something else.”
Some people whipped out smartphones and began recording.
In one video posted online, the woman yelled, “Why’d you have to hit me?” and “My crickets!”
In another, the woman is seen screaming uncontrollably as riders tried to consol her.
The D train, which connects the boroughs of the Bronx with Brooklyn via Manhattan, was stopped on the bridge spanning the East River. After it began moving again, police officers met the train at the next station.
No one was injured, and the woman was taken to a hospital for psychiatric observation, the New York Daily News reported. Police did not release her name.
5 thoughts on “Panic on NY subway train as crickets, worms let loose”
Crickets and worms. The two most deadliest lifeforms known to mankind.
The former, has often been known to drive humans insane with it’s unceasing ability to produce one of the most annoying sounds ever recorded. They are especially deadly when invading a domicile and nobody can figure out where the noise is coming from.
Worms are usually moist to the touch and have been known to inhabit bait hooks all around the world. WARNING: Do not approach worm until bait hook is in hand and ready to receive worm. ANY deviation from this procedure may result in injury or catastrophic world ending.
****Not to be confused with politicians or bankers.
Geez, you’d think somebody let a bear loose on the subway.
“Never seen a crowd get so panicked so fast, everyone rushed to the other side of the train,” one rider, Ezra Mechaber,…”
Welcome to the NEW WORLD ORDER, Ezra.
Expect more of the same.
Did this lunatic actually believe someone was going to by a cricket from her?
“Ah, yes. I happen to be low on crickets. I’ll take four of them”.
The ensuing panic is no different than watching a flock of pigeons take off. One flies from some real or imagined threat, and the rest figure it’s better to flee than stick around to assess the threat for themselves.
The idiot who pulled the emergency brake is the reason everyone was late for work. (or late for dinner. The article doesn’t state which rush hour it was)
“The ensuing panic is no different than watching a flock of pigeons take off. One flies from some real or imagined threat, and the rest figure it’s better to flee than stick around to assess the threat for themselves.”
LOL… excellent analogy, JR!