The New York Police Department has begun arresting subway passengers who spread their knees too wide. The practice is being termed “manspreading,” but NYPD cops say they will arrest men or women who do not close their legs tightly enough.
This makes New York City the first location – possibly in the world – where making yourself too comfortable can land you behind bars.
The first NYPD arrest for “manspreading” targeted two Latino men. They were allegedly arrested for sitting with knees wide open, thus causing them to occupy “two seats.”
The arrest took place on May 22 at 12:11am, according to the police report.
Interestingly, the judge in this case said that there could not possibly have been many passengers at that time of the day. But she nevertheless maintained the arrest as lawful