VIDEO: How to make subway conductors smile

An adorable YouTube video captured a project by some people who said they wanted to show subway conductors “our appreciation for their work.”

Have you ever noticed a black-and-white striped sign hanging above the subway platform around where the conductor pulls up? Apparently all conductors have to point at that sign every time they pull into any given station. The routine is intended as a “fail-safe,” according to MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg, to make sure the doors don’t open on the wrong side or without the train being all the way in the station.

The person behind the YouTube video lamented that “conductors spend their whole day in that small booth, alone.”

“It is incredibly loud, and they get minimal human contact,” he wrote on the YouTube page.

So he and his friends held up signs under the black-and-white sign, greeting the conductors as they pulled into the station with messages like “Point here if you are not wearing pants right now,” “You have seen a passenger naked,” “You are dead sexy,” and “The Second Avenue Subway is a lie,” among others.

The subway conductors they caught on video seemed pretty tickled.

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat


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