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What do you do when the man responsible for traffic safety in one of the busiest urban areas in the country is drunk? It's shocking, but a New Jersey Transit worker has been paying a homeless alcoholic to direct traffic and get him coffee while he sleeps in empty buses.

"If he's flagging down a bus and can barely stand up, you should be concerned," Sean Patrick Hillman, a commuter concerned about the behavior of a man directing traffic outside of a 37th street parking lot, told NBC 4 News after failing to get anyone at New Jersey Transit to look into the matter.

NBC 4 News filmed Hector Santiago as he drank from a brown paper bag concealed bottle behind a portable toilet at the height of rush hour. After finishing the bottle he went to a nearby liquor store rather than returning to work. When confronted by the cameras he took a swig from his Vodka bottle.

The actual Transit employee Santiago was covering for, Max Caramas, was filmed asleep in a bus on the lot while Santiago was drinking and directing traffic.



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      • 2 Years Ago
      You can thank you unions for such stellar workers...
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like all is good in New Jersey.
      mizzjan56
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good grief. Some people work really hard at not working! Amazing.
      • 2 Years Ago
      how can i sign out when i hav'nt signed in?
        mail4warding
        • 2 Years Ago
        ...your pal signs for you...you never have to show up... where have you been? (pun intended)
      Meet Joe black
      • 2 Years Ago
      He'll get fired,move to Florida, get another transit job, hire another homeless drunk and everything will be normal again.
      bobby
      • 2 Years Ago
      Same things happen at high levels of government. Proof? Just listen to the IRS hearings where no one knows anything about what was happening.
      donna
      • 2 Years Ago
      hmm, just wondering if the sleeping guy is a recent third-world national or one of our home-grown morons. unbelievable. jail time for both. in fact, put them in the same cell with eric holder, nobama, mrs. nobama and the rest of the crooks in washington.
      Gina
      • 2 Years Ago
      The idiot who hired the drunk to do his job should be fired AND jailed. There's no way he should get away with setting up potential accidents because he allowed a drunk to do his job. What if that was a surgeon who hired some drunk to makes his rounds at the hospital while he slept on a cot in a back storage room.. Or what if that was a teacher who hired a pedofile to teach his class while he slept in the teachers lounge.. These types of people who out sorce their work are LAZY CHEAP JACK ASSES that need to be fired. Let them work some half ass job that's twice as hard for half the pay and then they'll be kicking themselves for being idiots! It's just like here in Detroit when you see city workers drinking, smoking and sleeping in parkinglots instead of doing their job or the Chrystler workers who were caught smoking weed and drinking on the job. You mean to tell me you can't wait a few hours to party? It's no wonder there's so many recalls on our cars! Mine has 2 and a host of other issues from either poor designs or lazy half ass work on the lines! These people should be grateful they even HAVE A JOB! ugh
        Robert
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gina
        i drive by there all the time its on the west side of nyc the guy does a great job
        bgoodhuman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gina
        As is clear from the way the female supervisor tried to stop the interview and steer away the rogue NJT thief, it is highly likely that the entire incident will be swept under the rug. They definitely don't want the supervisors and manager held accountable for such gross mismanagement. The system has failed on more than one level. Not only did the rogue NJT thief put the public at risk by employing a drunkard homeless man at one of NYC's busiest location but the customer service department also failed to address the matter when the alarming situation was brought to their attention. The rogue NJT thief must have some high level connections in the management to pull something like this off and not be caught even after a complaint is filed. He must be either holding another job elsewhere or collecting a lot of overtime from NJT just as he sleeps on the job! You don't get away something like this unless you have the management in your pocket or the management has you in their pants.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Max Carmas... creating more jobs than Obama!
      SandhillsRider
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure they use the "Eff up, move up" system in NJ. The sleeping worker will be promoted to a supervisor and be given a large raise in pay.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who are all you people complaining about union workers? People who sit at a desk and make twice or more than I make as a union worker! Your the people who have never broken a sweat while doing any kind of work ! You think your better, you are not and your sure not working any harder than myself!FYI, I get two 15min breaks a day one 1/2hr lunch the rest of the day is spent working 30yrs and I only make 30,000 a year and that's before txs the only thing my union gives me is job protection and that is not very much! Most of you don't even know anything about unions except what you hear sitting on your couch watching the news that's what makes you so smart, not! AND MOST OF ALL WE DO HEAR AND READ HOW YOU NON-UNION PEOPLE SCREW UP AT WORK , WE THINK YOUR LAZY AND OVER PAID! Anything bad going on at union work places you can bet the same is happening at non-union work sites! What is it that makes you ball so mad? Is it I can't just be fired or is it that I get a cost of living raise each year ? Or is it that nobody looks after you not even our State and Fed reps.? You can be fired from your job for any reason or no reason at all, what a union does is protect me from a corrupt employer! So where is the trade off we give billions of dollars in tax breaks to company's the least we should get back is job security, and that's what my union does for me. Lazy my foot, I work a thousand times harder than you! With or without a union .
        Jim Marcum
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think you have been drinking out of the same bottle that Santiago has been ******* on.
        ROBERT W SELF
        • 2 Years Ago
        What the union does is allow you to be lazy and your employer can't do anything about it, they have building to hold teachers that can't be around kids but also can't be fired because of unions, do you really think that is ok? what about the auto worker caught drinking on the job but couldn't be fired because of unions, my son was in a union that made him contribute to the Democratic party even though he was not a Democrat, is that right. keep talking, the smart ones know better.
          onemadashell
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ROBERT W SELF
          so all unions are alike? then that means all jobs are alike.
        dirgraphic
        • 2 Years Ago
        My father belonged to four unions during his work life. My son belonged to one. Their experiences tell me that you are basically wrong.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dirgraphic
          If your father belongedto four unions would it be fair to say he had a bad work ethic all along? My father worked at a union job also, just one job his entire life. I have two brothers and two sisters we all are long time employees where we work I'm the only one at a union job, point being work ethics are instilled maybe they just did not know how to keep a job!
      Rock Ranger
      • 2 Years Ago
      Were this a sitcom, we'd be laughing. However; it isn't. And we're not.
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