Blind-ish World Trade Center Guard Was Just Resting His Eyes

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View of One World Trade Center (L), also known as the "Freedom Tower" and the Manhattan skyline looking south from the Empire State Building February 14, 2014 in New York. The Statue of Liberty (R) is visible in the distance in the New York Harbor. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA        (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

The recent, very high-profile security lapses at the new World Trade Center — including a trio of BASE jumpers and a 16-year-old parkour/Twitter enthusiast — have, rightfully, increased media scrutiny of the symbolic site. But while CNN tried and failed to prove how easy it was to sneak in, the New York Post hit the tabloid jackpot: a photo of the ground-floor guard on Saturday night, in what looks very much like a state of slumber. It gets worse!

The 65-year-old guard, who was reportedly fired on the spot, said his eyesight is "hazy" because of a nerve condition. "Sometimes I cannot recognize people, stairs," he explained. "That post was so hard to cover for me. It was very, very stressful. I could barely see half of the lobby."

But like dads on couches everywhere, he denied passing out completely. "To my knowledge, actually," he added, "I was not sleeping. I was mistaken to be sleeping. I was exercising my eyes." And after exercise, comes rest.