Category Archives: Armrest

TRAINJOTTING TURNS 4: The Armrest That Tour My Trousers

Originally ran April 2008 “It’s been nearly four months of commuting now,” we said in February 2007, “and we haven’t seen a soul rip his pants on the train. In fact, we can’t even picture it happening. If you knew … Continue reading

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MTA Pays Out $285,000 In Ripped Pants

Metro-North and Long Island Railroad have paid out over $285,000 in claims regarding ripped clothing from the M7 trains’ armrests, reports City Room. It’s a drop in the bucket of the $1.1 billion…billion…the MTA has paid in claims over the … Continue reading

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Metro-North Gives Me $15 For My Pants

The letter came on crisp Metro-North Railroad stationery yesterday, informing me that the railroad had approved my damaged-property claim stemming from the train armrest tearing my pants on April 17. A check for $15 was enclosed to cover “Misc/Damage to Personal … Continue reading

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Update on the Case of the Torn Trousers

Well, it’s been almost two weeks since I sent a letter to Metro-North to inform them that my Gap chinos were torn by one of their armrests, and wouldn’t you know it, I got a call back from the railroad’s … Continue reading

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What Metro-North Has to Say About the Torn Trousers

I’d heard Metro-North reimburses the poor suckers who’ve had their pants ripped on those ill-tempered M7 armrests, so I figured I’d look into it. Mind you, as I mentioned, it’s a 10-year-old pair of chinos–hardly my good suit or even … Continue reading

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The Armrest That Tore My Trousers

“It’s been nearly four months of commuting now,” we said in February 2007, “and we haven’t seen a soul rip his pants on the train. In fact, we can’t even picture it happening. If you knew the armrests were known … Continue reading

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Getting Ripped on the 6:10

It’s sort of like Bigfoot or something–until you actually see the dreaded beast, you can’t say for sure it actually exists. That was my take on the much-ballyhooed pants-ripping armrests on the new M7 cars. Well, I saw Bigfoot on … Continue reading

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About Those Pants-Ripping Armrests…

We’re hearing a lot about the armrests on the new M7 cars, and the rip job they do on unsuspecting commuters’ trousers. The NY Times Westchester section had an editorial wondering if it was fiscally wise to spend $5.7 million … Continue reading

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About Those Pants-Ripping Armrests…

We’re hearing a lot about the armrests on the new M7 cars, and the rip job they do on unsuspecting commuters’ trousers. The NY Times Westchester section had an editorial wondering if it was fiscally wise to spend $5.7 million … Continue reading

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Merely My Height

Sprinted to catch the 7:52 after a long day at work. The train was jammed, and I eyed a two-seater occupied by a large man in the window seat. He gave me the look: Don’t do it. I did it, … Continue reading

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