New York City’s subway system has been home to various forms of wildlife over the years — from the now-infamous Pizza Rat, to a random shark sighting and who knows what else. But this week commuters were subjected to a brand-new horror when a woman unleashed a box full of crickets and worms onto a crowded D train around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, as many were just trying to get home from work.
An Instagram video from blogger Eddie Going captured the aftermath of the scene, in which he writes the woman was bumped into while trying to sell the crickets and worms on the train, and sadly they all got out. According to the New York Post, however, witnesses say that a group of teenagers actually pushed the woman, causing her to freak out and toss the box of critters into the air. And then all hell broke loose:
“It was pandemonium,” said Chris Calabrese, 29, who was on the train with his girlfriend. “It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen on a train.”
Someone then pulled the emergency brake and the train skidded to a stop on the Manhattan Bridge.
The air conditioning shut off and the screaming passengers were all stuck inside the sweltering car with the woman, who then treated them to antics for half an hour as the crickets jumped on passengers. The worms just wriggled on the floor.
“She was banging on the doors and trying to climb out the windows. Everyone had crickets on their arms. My girlfriend was crying,” said Calabrese. “Then some men were trying to hold her down and she started trying to throw up on them.”