Last Friday, subway riders everywhere expressed amazement and admiration at the actions of Mysterious Sweater Guy, who handled the verbal assault of some asshole screaming "Bloody Loco" at him on the train with calmness and aplomb. Now, Sweater Guy speaks!
His name is Daniel, and he finally emailed us, and attached the above photo of himself. He tells us he was born in Uruguay but has lived in New York for 20 years, currently in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He works as an analyst at a credit rating agency. On the day in question, he was riding the Manhattan-bound 7 train, returning from seeing his girlfriend in Queens.
As he tells it in his email, "I got on the subway and accidentally bumped his leg and it started. He called me a pussy and I told him 'I am what I eat.' When a girl laughed he went ballistic." That's when the video started. And the ending of it all? "The guy got off a couple of stops later asking me to get off the subway and 'shoot it out' with him." Daniel declined.
We salute you, calm subway riders of America.