Last Updated on March 15, 2020
A viral video has emerged of a man wearing gloves, facemask, and winter clothing spraying a sanitizer on a subway turnstile before jumping.
The short clip shows the man taking necessary precautions in the age of Coronavirus fears before jokingly committing a minor offense.
The video drew considerable amusement in the comment sections on social media.
One person commented: “Safety first before breaking the law🤦🏽♀️ by jumping the turnstyle lol🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣gosh havent taken the subway in forever i miss it rats and all never a dull moment in NYC.”
Safety first. pic.twitter.com/m5cvT6JAAC
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 14, 2020
On Twitter, one user wrote: “You know if he gave a full spray n’ wipe down of all those turnstiles, I’d give him credit for services rendered and call it even.”
While another replied: “You should not wipe down surfaces you’ve used anti bac on, its needs 2-4 min contact time usually.
“This lad knew this, not sure how many lives he has saved by this action, but i’d like to thank him.”
However, not everybody was impressed by the stunt.
“The money he spent on protection he could’ve paid for a two way fair,” one user tweeted.
“We are all going to have autoimmune issues with all this spraying! Geezz,” said another.
The turnstile jumping stunt also became a political talking point.
Pete Harrison, who is running for NY congress, said: “If we pass my #free2move plan and make public transit fare-free, you wouldn’t have to touch anything!”
If we pass my #free2move plan and make public transit fare-free, you wouldn’t have to touch anything!
— Pete Harrison (@PeteHarrisonNYC) March 15, 2020
Others laid into New York, with one person commenting: “Best practices for COVID: Don’t touch the New York. Pretty good practices for most other times as well.”
Best practices for COVID: Don't touch the New York. Pretty good practices for most other times as well.
— Bryan Elliott – μΩ (@fordiman) March 14, 2020