- May 22nd 2013 at 9:58AM
Transit Worker Hires Drunk Homeless Man To Direct Traffic
Hector Santiago was hired by Max Carmas to direct buses while Carmas took naps
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.