Gregory Locke was enjoying his Saturday night after dinner with friends in Manhattan when he boarded the No. 1 subway train at 50th Street to head uptown.
Almost immediately, he knew something was up.
“Everybody was sitting there stunned,” said Locke, a New York attorney originally from Atlanta, Georgia. “It wasn’t until the doors closed behind me that I saw it on the windows of the doors.”
Someone had used a Sharpie to scrawl swastikas and hate-filled graffiti all over the subway car: “Jews belong in the oven,” “Destroy Islam,” “Heil Hitler.”
Passengers looked uncomfortable and unsure of what to do, Locke said. But then a man stood up and said, “Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie pen. We need alcohol,” Locke told CNN.
That man was Jared Nied, a chef at a Manhattan restaurant.
“The woman across the car saw me looking at the graffiti, asked me if I could do something and offered a tissue. That’s when it clicked that sanitizer would work,” Nied told CNN via text message Sunday.
Then, “everyone started digging into their pockets and bags for hand sanitizer and wipes,” Locke said.
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SOURCE: CNN, Donie O’Sullivan