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March 19, 2019

Video of NJ Transit rider ‘trying’ to board bus with an ATM goes viral, spawns jokes

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Public transportation, for all its perks, has at least one major downside: a general lack of space for your stuff. Sometimes a crowded subway makes it hard for someone trying to haul groceries home, or your gym bag has to be stowed under your feet on the bus.

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One NJ Transit rider captured the extremes of that struggle on Tuesday when he recorded video of a man “trying” to board the transit authority's 99 bus with an ATM — yes, an ATM  was “turned away” by the bus driver:

We're putting “trying” and “turned away” in quotes because the user confirmed to PhillyVoice on Tuesday that it was just a joke. The Twitter account behind the video, @Darius_DK, describes himself as a “sit down comedian” who posts “funny roasts & skits."

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Even though it’s not real, it’s still just plain funny. So funny, in fact, that the people behind NJ Transit’s Twitter account, a normally no-funny-business account, tweeting out info about delays and helping angry riders, decided to share it with a call for the best caption:

For unknown reasons, NJ Transit deleted the tweet between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, but the replies to the tweet remained. If you know NJ Transit riders, or public transportation users in general, you can probably guess where the jokes went. 

Here are a few of the best:

One savvy Twitter user pointed out the clip is reminiscent of a scene from the 2002 film “Barbershop”, when Anthony Anderson’s character is pushing an ATM around the streets of Chicago:

Just remember, the next time someone tries to wedge their bike on to the Broad Street Line, that things could be much worse.

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