MTA Chief Can Think of a Lhota Reasons to Allow Food in the Subway

Curtis Sliwa (L) and the Guardian Angels post for a portrait as they celebrate their 10th anniversary January 18, 1989 in New York City.
If food was banned from the subway in 1989, the Guardian Angels would have been unable to celebrate their tenth anniversary with a giant cake. Photo: Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images

Actually, he can only think of one reason — we just wanted to make a pun in the headline:

Mr. Lhota said in an interview that he watched too many children eating breakfast items, like bagels and muffins, on the subways every morning to ban food.

“I do not support the bill,” Mr. Lhota said. “It severely hurts and impacts minority communities. I don’t want to deny the kid the only time that day he’s going to get food.”

We don't find Lhota's reasoning here totally compelling — couldn't these kids just leave for school five minutes earlier and eat their muffins and bagels before getting on the subway? But hey, if concern over the welfare of underprivileged children is what allows us to drunkenly devour a slice of pizza on the C train at 3 a.m., then we stand with you, underprivileged children. Hey, Albany, leave these poor kids alone, you bastards!