Getting Stranded on the Subway During a Blizzard Pays $250 an Hour

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It’s difficult to remember the specifics of the blizzard of 2010 — it was a while ago, and it’s snowed a lot since then — but one thing that happened was 500 subway riders were stranded on the A train for ten hours without food, water, heat, or HBOGo (it hadn’t been invented at the time). Now the New York Daily News reports that 38 of those 500 people have finally been compensated for their ordeal, thanks to a 2011 lawsuit and a lot of subsequent haggling between their lawyers and the MTA. Each of the plaintiffs received a $2,500 settlement from the city, which works out to $250 an hour for not freezing to death or killing and eating a fellow passenger. It’s just something to keep in mind while preparing for this year’s polar vortex season.