Laurie and Debbie say:
Not only doctors, but diet groups, advertising producers, and casting directors everywhere are smugly taking credit for your transit delays.
Asim Nelson, a [New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority] emergency medical technician, told the paper that fainting dieters topped the “sick customer” list. … Although the agency doesn’t keep an official record of the nature of each rider’s illness, the [Metro] said that an average 395 delays each month are caused by sick customers.
A spokesperson for the American Medical Association (might have) said: “We’re especially pleased that so many New Yorkers are taking our advice, and protecting their health. We think that approximately ten delays a day is a good start; our goal, however, is at least 100 delays a day. We also need good data from other cities to make sure we’re on the right track (so to speak). After all, it isn’t only a sign that more people are dieting; each delay keeps everyone else on the train away from food just a little while longer.”
In the meantime, a spokesperson from the transit authority (might have) said, “We’re seriously considering taking a leaf from Victorian England and installing ‘fainting couches’ in the last car of each train.”
So remember, all you have to do to ensure a safe and healthy transit trip, inside or outside New York, is just not eat.
Thanks to Betty Rose for the link.