It turns out that the guard who was fired for sleeping while a teenager crept to the top of 1 World Trade Center wasn't the only one to lose his job recently.
The New York Post reports that 65-year-old Abdul Dasher was terminated from his post at the Freedom Tower after an image of him "almost completely horizontal in a chair" in what appears to be deep slumber surfaced. Surprisingly, Dasher, who's partially blind, sounds relieved to have been let go.
"Sometimes I cannot recognize people, stairs," he admitted. "That post was so hard to cover for me. It was very, very stressful. I could barely see half of the lobby." The photo was taken by a Port Authority worker at roughly 2:45 a.m. on Saturday, less than a week after 16-year-old Justin Casquejo exposed a host of security flaws (like a sleeping guard) at the 1 WTC site.
Dasher, who insists he was "exercising [his] eyes" and not sleeping, is astonished that his superiors gave him that post. "The security division is so poorly managed . . . Every security guard that works for them is mentally stressed," he admitted. Oddly enough, the Post mentions that Dasher was named "Security Officer of the Year" last year.