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Manspreading, or what is commonly known as man-sitting, is a buzzword used to describe a man sitting in public transport with legs wide apart. The sitting posture is not ideal in public transport due to the limited space that exists in most transport facilities such as trains and buses.
An incident of man-spreading turned into a hammer attack after an attacker decided to teach a man who covered more than one seat. The dispute broke out over man-spreading on a Lower East Side subway train.
The argument took a different turn and ended in an all-out brawl with one man attacking another with a hammer, officials reported the incident which took place on Saturday.
The 30-year-old victim of the hammer attack was on a Queens-bound J train pulling into the Bowery station when his 53-year-old pal asked a stranger taking up two seats to make room. The seat hog agreed to give up the space. However, that did not stop the 30-year-old man from getting into an argument with him and six friends he was riding the train with.
After a short while, a fight broke out and one of the six friends repeatedly kicked the 30-year-old man in the head and chest. After the victim tried to defend himself, his attacker’s friends jumped joined the fight and one of them pulled a hammer out of his backpack and knocked the victim repeatedly with it.
Witnesses told police authorities that a friend of the victim tried to defend and shield the victim but was also attacked. Police have reported that the attackers left the train at the Bowery station and have not been caught.
Both victims were taken to Beth Israel Hospital by first responders with non-life-threatening wounds. The incident occurred as the NYPD is fighting a 20% increase in attacks in the city subway system. However, it was also a major lesson and a warning to seat hogs who have adopted the man-sitting behavior.