Updated 01/29/2012 05:37 PM
State Senator Wants To Ban Eating In The Subway System
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Eating in the subway could soon come with a hefty price tag if one lawmaker gets his way.
Manhattan State Senator Bill Perkins has proposed a bill that would slap straphangers with a $250 fine if they are caught eating on a subway train or platform or in a station.
The legislation comes in response to the results of a survey, which found the biggest contributor to the subway rat problem is people eating food.
Some riders who spoke with NY1 on Sunday said there is got to be a better way to fix the problem.
"I think it's a horrible idea, it's very unnecessary. I think that people use the trains to commute every day. As New Yorkers, we multi-task all the time. It's needed to get from A to B," said a straphanger.
"I've seen people make a mess where they let the food drop all over the ground but I don't know if that's worth $250," said another.
"People should be fined if they're caught littering, but I don't think they should be fined just for opening a bag of chips," said a third.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said open beverage containers are prohibited on the subway and eating is always discouraged.
A spokesperson said the MTA is reviewing the bill.