Investigators discovered the so-called “men’s cave” under the rails, hidden away from all the hustle and bustle of the busy transportation hub.
According to the MTA Inspector General’s office, the room included a futon sofa, large flat-screen TV with streaming capabilities, refrigerator, microwave, air conditioning, workout gear. and more – including an open can of beer.
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The Inspector General’s report indicates that the released employees included a cable fitter, a foreman carpenter and an electrical foreman.
The MTA called it an unauthorized restroom hidden away at the north end of track 144.
“The employees involved are on the night shift, but this is an unauthorized break space, unknown to their supervision and totally unacceptable, and outrageous behavior and something that makes me very angry,” said Catherine Rinaldi, president of Metro-Nord.
Rinaldi says it was a back room in a locksmith storage area.
“Just a totally inappropriate and unacceptable use of their time,” she said.
The Inspector General said he made an unannounced visit to the storage area in August 2019 after Metro-North officials failed to investigate complaints about workers using the space to “get out, get out. get drunk and party ”.
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The MTA said that right after the room was found, they checked hundreds of doors, hundreds of offices, to make sure there wasn’t another room like this. They found nothing else.
“A lot of New Yorkers have fantasized about relaxing with a cold beer in a prime piece of Manhattan real estate – especially one that’s close to good transportation,” said the MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny. “But few of them would have the courage to requisition a secret room under Grand Central Terminal and make it their own man-cave, powered by MTA resources and maintained at the expense of our riders.
Investigators say the three MTA employees denied ever being in the room, but on the day they left their fingerprints.
They also left receipts, streaming devices, personal calendars, and exercise equipment.
Investigators learned that the room contained “sensitive supplies”.
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Commuters who say they’ve faced poor service for years say if it’s true shame on them.
“They hang around and they’re supposed to be working, it’s not fair,” a commuter told CBS2’s Jessica Layton.
“We pay money to get you to do your job right, and you hang around, you scare yourself. It’s not cool, ”said another commuter.
All three workers were suspended without pay.
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