The New York City subway can get wild at times. Like, beyond wild on occasion. Of all the atrocities you're bound to witness, a man not taking up space on a non-crowded 1 train is far from one of them. Yesterday, a Redditor shared this image with the accompanying criticism: "Being a workaholic is no excuse for being an asshole. Spotted on the crowded 1 train this morning."
The beauty of the Internet is that it helps word travel. Quickly. The aforementioned "asshole" responded to the original post, sonning his critic with the most humbling medicine known to man—honesty:
"Hey, that's me!! Didn't notice you're snapping this, I would have waved in order to get a more flattering photo. My front looks less bald than my top, honest!
Some background: I'm wrapping up my PhD thesis. In parallel, I started a new job, my wife went back to school, and we have a new baby (second kid). My wife and I generally sleep 3-4 hours on a good night. Rest of the time is work, work, work, weekends included, with the exception of one free weeknight a week each of us gets in order to preserve some meager amount of sanity.
This means I could either get some work done on the subway or reduce the aforementioned amount of sleep even further. (BTW, at this specific instant I am reviewing the latest comments my adviser gave to my method section.) Usually I manage to get a sit [sic] but I got delayed at daycare this morning, hence this pitiful situation. I apologize for inconveniencing you—personally, I did not feel that the train was so packed (the aisle was quite empty). I switched to a sit [sic] at 72nd St.
Anyhow, have a good day and I hope poor sods such as myself will be your greatest sources of consternation in life. And to all of the worried parties, the subway floor is relatively clean (you discover this when your toddler throws a temper tantrum on it...). As far as I can see my pants are fine."
This is preciseley why you don't shame people over the Internet without the full story.