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Letter: Destroying pants on the LIRR

Commuters wait of the platform as a Long

Commuters wait of the platform as a Long Island Railroad train pulls into the Huntington LIRR station on the afternoon of July 25, 2012. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's effort to repair the faulty armrests on Long Island Rail Road trains hasn't been completed. This has left commuters like me continuing to be damaged by the LIRR's negligence.

On the 3:03 p.m. train from Penn Station to Babylon, I nearly fell into the passenger seated next to me when my pants pocket got caught on the armrest. Thankfully, neither of us was hurt, and I only suffered the embarrassment of my underwear showing through the ripped pants pocket.

The customer service clerk at Penn Station told me she sees at least 10 requests a day for claims about this. No one knows how many people don't even bother to make a claim.

This episode caused me to think about what it really costs to live in Nassau County. With federal, state, sales, gasoline and property taxes, along with fees for bridges, tunnels, cellphones, etc. -- if you total it up, you're lucky if you're left with 35 percent of your gross income. And then they take your pants.

Dan Levy, Baldwin