NYC lawmaker want subway eating ban

Jan. 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A state lawmaker from New York City is pushing legislation to ban eating in the subways in an effort to help cut down on the city's rat problem.

The bill, proposed by state Sen. Bill Perkins, D-Manhattan, stipulates that anyone caught eating in the subway gets a $250 fine, the New York Post reported Sunday.

"I've seen people open up plates of french fries and chicken, and have a grand old meal -- and then discard their stuff on the track," Perkins said. "The question becomes, 'How can we minimize the feasts that rats are experiencing?' By trying to control human behaviors."

However, many transit-users disagree with the legislation.

"It would kind of suck," said Meredith Naughton, 22. "New Yorkers are always trying to make the most of their time and it kind of helps to eat on the go."

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