Metro-North conductor: Don’t blame us for seat-hogging riders

A veteran Metro-North conductor insisted Tuesday that he and his fellow MTA workers are relatively powerless to handle seat-hogging slumberers.

“You try to do the best you can but you can’t physically move someone and you can’t call the police,” 28-year veteran John d’Amato told The Post aboard an early-morning Harlem Line train out of White Plains. “It’s not easy dealing with the public.”

Metro-North riders complain that fellow commuters often spread out — sometimes with their feet up, befouling seats — with impunity. One such rider was featured in a Post story Monday for regularly lying across four seats during his trips into Manhattan.

D’Amato said he has confronted a man — to no avail. “He would take his feet down and five minutes later he would have his feet back up on the seat,” the conductor said.

The rider, a 41-year-old electrician who’s identified himself only as Steve S., has told The Post that he snoozes during his 90-minute commute because he’s “bored.” He hasn’t been seen the last couple mornings.

But there was another scofflaw who not only had his feet up — he had his shoes off Tuesday morning

Dan Maldonado, a 24-year-old from Hawthorne, NY, who works in finance, says no MTA workers have ever told him to put his feet down.

“The train is really not that full,” he said. “I do it every morning.

“Everyone’s sleeping on this train,” he added.

MTA conductors are ordered “not to bother” inconsiderate passengers because they could be deemed “discourteous,” a former worker told The Post on Monday.

An MTA spokeswoman said conductors “remind commuters not to place their feet on the seat in order to keep them clean” and to be “mindful and respectful of fellow customers.”

D’Amato agreed that conductors do spread the word.

“A lot of people today, they just don’t listen or pay attention,” d’Amato said. “I’m very tired of it, that’s for sure.

“It’s not the same anymore. The public wasn’t as hostile and whiny — we live in such an entitlement society today. Everybody thinks they are entitled. I understand it’s a lot of money to ride this train. People are paying $400 or $500 (a month),” d’Amato said.

A passenger sleeps with his feet on the seat of a Metro-North train Tuesday morning.Richard Harbus

But, he added, “there’s a lot more to this job than just punching tickets. Right now I have to do a brake test before we go back on.”

Asked if he has confronted other outstretched slumberers, d’Amato said: “A couple times. There is only so much we can do — we are not the police.”

One passenger theorized that Steve S. was lying low because he was probably spooked by all the attention.

“I guess he saw the article and got embarrassed,” said the passenger, who asked not to be named. “I wouldn’t say I’m happy, but at least it’s recognized that people are doing this.”

He also said he has never seen conductors tell anyone to…

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