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Putting feet up on subway seats is costly in New York
在紐約地鐵上蹺腳代價高

A man in an angel costume waits for the subway to participate in the Carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany on Feb. 20.
一位身穿天使裝男子二月二十日在德國杜塞爾多夫等地鐵,準備參加當地嘉年華會。

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照片:歐新社

Lounging on the New York subway with feet up on the seats was costly to lazy riders fined by the city last year, police said on Jan. 10.

More than 7,000 riders on New York City subway trains were ticketed last year for putting feet on the seats or otherwise taking up too much space, under a law that makes bad manners a crime.

The offenses, which ranged from putting a bag on a seat to blocking a door to stretching out for a nap, carry US$50 (about NT$1,500) fines, police said.

In all, 7,373 riders were issued tickets in 2011 for being unable to confine themselves to a single seat. The law making such behavior illegal was passed seven years ago.

While the offences may seem benign, the New York Police Department said enforcement has made the subway safer.

It is not unusual for police to find that someone they have stopped for poor subway etiquette has an outstanding arrest warrant, said police spokesman Paul Browne.

(Reuters)

去年在紐約地鐵上悠哉地躺臥,把腳蹺在座位上的懶散乘客被罰款,付出慘重代價,警方一月十日說。

根據一項將不禮貌舉止列為罪行的法律,去年有七千多名乘客乘坐紐約地鐵時因把腳蹺在座位上,或者因為占了過多空間,而收到罰單。

將包包放在座位上、擋住通道、舒展身子躺下小睡等犯行,都將被處以五十美元(約新台幣一千五百元)罰款,警方說。

總計有七千三百七十三名乘客在二○一一年因無法約束自己只使用一個座位而被開罰。紐約市七年前通過將這種行為列為違法的法律。

儘管這些罪行似乎不嚴重,但紐約警局稱,執法行動使地鐵變得更安全。

警方發言人保羅‧布朗說,警察不時發現,地鐵中因舉止不佳而被攔下的乘客是重要通緝犯。

(路透/翻譯:陳成良)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. confine v.

約束;限制;臥床 (yue1 shu4; xian4 zhi4; wo4 chuang2)

例: He was confined to bed by illness.

(他因病臥床。)

2. etiquette n.

禮節;禮儀;成規 (li3 jie2; li3 yi2; cheng2 gui1)

例: According to etiquette, you should stand up to meet a guest.

(依照禮儀,你應該站起來接待客人。)

3. arrest warrant n. phr.

逮捕令 (dai2 bu3 ling4)

例: During the Egyptian 2011 revolution, the authorities issued arrest warrants for several human rights activists. (埃及二○一一年革命期間,政府曾對多位人權人士發布逮捕令。)


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