A trio of employees who work for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been disciplined after officials uncovered a secret man-cave they built in a hidden storage room beneath Grand Central Station in New York City. The Inspector General learned about the room after an anonymous employee filed a complaint. The anonymous tipster complained to Metro-North Railroad Security first, but they failed to look into the issue.
"Many a New Yorker has fantasized about kicking back with a cold beer in a prime piece of Manhattan real estate - especially one this close to good transportation," MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny said. "But few would have the chutzpah to commandeer a secret room beneath Grand Central Terminal and make it their very own man-cave, sustained with MTA resources, and maintained at our riders' expense."
The man cave included hide-a-way beds, a futon, a flat-screen TV, workout equipment, a microwave, a refrigerator, and even had air conditioning. The room was equipped with custom-cut wooden boxes that could be used to disguise the larger items.
Officials at Grand Central Station told investigators with the Inspector General's office that they didn't even know the room existed because it was not on any maps. The Metro-North Railroad Fire Brigade deemed the space a significant risk to the health and safety of the employees.
The three employees, who worked as a wireman, a carpenter foreman, and an electrical foreman, were all suspended without pay, pending the outcome of their disciplinary hearings.
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