MTA workers suspended over secret 'man cave' at Grand Central

Andrew Cummings
September 26, 2020

THREE RAILWAY WORKERS have been suspended for turning a storage room under Grand Central Station in NY into an unauthorised "man cave".

Wooden cabinets found inside the storage room appeared to be specifically created to hide the TV and futons. All three employees were immediately suspended without pay and are being disciplined in accordance with their collective bargaining agreements.

"Many a New Yorker has fantasized about kicking back with a cold beer in a prime piece of Manhattan real estate - especially one this close to good transportation", Pokorny said.

The Inspector General further found that Metro-North Railroad security failed to investigate two complaints about the existence of the room, and that the director of Grand Central Terminal had failed to follow up on testimony mentioning the room during a disciplinary hearing. Credit: MTA Office of the Inspector General The "man cave" had a fridge, microwave and exercise equipment.

But the few that did turned out to be a trio of Metro North employees (a wireman, carpenter foreman, and electrical foreman).

Anonymous tip-offs alerted authorities to the hidey-hole, which was discovered in an unmapped room behind a locked door within a storage room under Track 114.

Rail fire authorities said the space presented health and safety risks.

A carpenter foreman, an electrical foreman and a wireman were implicated when their names were linked to items in the room including a receipt, personal calendars, a shipping sticker, and the streaming device.

'Evidence that the three MNR employees had used the Unauthorized Breakroom is overwhelming, ' the report said. Station management said they were not aware the room even existed, and officials eventually had to break into it by completely replacing the lock. Officials are now working to develop a complete inventory of all rooms within the terminal, the report says.

The behavior described in the IG's report is outrageously inappropriate and is not consistent with Metro-North's values and the commitment that we have to providing safe, reliable and cost-efficient service to our customers.

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