The 60s are having a tough news week. Remember this? Yeah, well, besides having little rich girls who will take your checks and deposit them in their accounts on 64th, 63rd may have grates that are electrocuting people.
“A pedestrian reported receiving a shock while walking in an Upper East Side intersection this morning.
The pedestrian said he felt a tingle in his legs after stepping on a grate at the intersection of East 63rd Street and Second Avenue at around 12:30 a.m. “
The report goes on to say that Con Edison workers took readings and no stray voltage was found there and a spokesman said the electric company doesn’t believe the pedestrian received a shock.
To be honest, I would normally agree, because if you’re walking around the Upper East Side at 12:30 AM it usually means you just finished having 6 beers at Brother Jimmy’s and you’re now stumbling home, drunkenly discussing your fantasy baseball team with a guy you just met, who you consider to be “so awesome” ’cause he just won a ‘beer pong’ tournament at Moe’s Cantina.
Point being, you’re probably not in the best condition to recognize any wrongdoing on the streets of New York, even if it’s as obvious as being shocked by a huge metal grate in the road.
But, I kind of believe the guy, because Con Edison doesn’t have a ton of cred in this department. Besides having roughly 1,214 instances of these exact experiences last year — yes, 1,214 — it’s not unheard of for people to get killed by stepping on these fucking metal grate things, which is why i avoid them like the plaque.
DON’T. STEP. ON. THESE. GRATES.