NYC woman goes viral for locking herself to subway pole

A Bronx woman has gone viral on TikTok for her extreme advice on how to stay safe when riding the subway — by locking yourself to the nearest platform pole.

Wanda Vela shared the radical tip on Monday, posting a video that showed her securing herself to a pole with a bike lock as she waited for a train to arrive.

“It’s bad out here. People want to push people into trains — that ain’t gonna happen to me,” Vela deadpanned.

She was then filmed putting the bike lock around her waist and platform pole before locking it with a key.

“I got my own chain. This is what I do, I wait for the train like this. I stay right here,” Vela said.

She insisted she only unlocks the bike chain when the train comes to a stop alongside the platform.

“That’s it. Then I’m going on the train — boom,” Vela said as she unlocked the chain.

Wanda Vela went viral after a video of her strapping herself to a pole while waiting for the subway in the Bronx was posted on TikTok.
Wanda Vela went viral after a video of her locking herself to a pole while waiting for the subway in the Bronx was posted on TikTok.
TikTok/@wandavela2
The video comes after several straphangers were pushed onto the tracks across the Big Apple last month amid a rise in subway crime.
The video comes after several straphangers were pushed onto the tracks across the Big Apple last month amid a rise in subway crime.
TikTok/@wandavela2

The video has already been viewed more than 2 million times on TikTok. It is unclear if Vela is being tongue-in-cheek but many New Yorkers found the unorthodox safety advice relatable.

“I know some ppl take this as a joke… but if you take the train, this is a REAL fear,” one viewer commented on the clip.

“I hold on to the pole anytime the train is coming. She’s not exaggerating the dangers,” another person replied.

Wanda Vela insisted she only unlocks the bike chain when the train comes to a stop alongside the platform.
Wanda Vela insisted she only unlocks the bike chain when the train comes to a stop alongside the platform.
TikTok/@wandavela2

It comes after several straphangers were pushed onto the tracks across the Big Apple last month amid a rise in subway crime.

One of the latest involved a robber shoving a 36-year-old woman in the Times Square 42nd Street station before good Samaritans rushed in to rescue her.

 

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