NYC garbage pile saves man from suicide leap

After a week of no garbage pickup in NYC (it was suspended on Dec 26th), the trash is really piling up. With piles of stinking trash everywhere, NYC residents are starting to get a bit pissed off. It appears however, that this situation might have averted at least one fatality. A mid-town Manhatten man was saved by a huge pile of trash when he attempted suicide from 9 stories up (story here).

A suicidal man plummeted nine stories and survived in midtown Sunday when he landed on a mountain of trash that had piled up since last week’s blizzard, officials said.

Vangelis (Angelo) Kapatos, 26, wearing only pajama bottoms, jumped from his family’s apartment in the Whitby building on 45th St. near Eighth Ave. just after noon.

The young man, troubled by a threat of eviction from the rent-regulated apartment, was fresh out of psychiatric treatment, relatives said.

He had tried to end his life in a number of other ways before leaping, police sources said.

“He landed on a garbage pile,” one official said. “That’s the only reason he’s alive.”

Kapatos, whose family hails from Greece, was taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital. He was in critical but stable condition Sunday night, police said.

Kapatos landed on his back, causing some of the black plastic garbage bags to burst, spewing out their rotten contents.

The Sanitation Department suspended trash collection after the Dec. 26 snowstorm paralyzed the city.

The sanitation union was thought to be claiming responsibility for saving the man’s life. Union officials, however, were unavailable for comment.

In other NYC blizzard news:

NYC sanitation supervisors boozing it up during blizzard

Instead of plowing, they got plowed.

A group of on-duty Sanitation supervisors is under investigation for allegedly buying booze and chilling in their cozy department car for hours Monday night after the blizzard stranded a bus and three snowplows blocks away.

The city Department of Investigation is probing the incident after witnesses said four snow blowers blew off their duties to get blitzed, buying two six-packs of beer from a Brooklyn bodega. The workers then walked five blocks to their car, which was in 20 inches of snow in the middle of 18th at McDonald avenues near the F train entrance, passing the stuck bus and idle plows on 18th Avenue between Third and Fourth streets.

NYC sanitation sickout during blizzard

It was a real snow job.

Between 660 and 720 Sanitation workers called in sick for the cleanup of last week’s blizzard — more than double the usual rate, The Post has learned.

About 11 to 12 percent of the Sanitation Department’s 6,000-strong force didn’t show up for work on Monday or Tuesday, city officials confirmed, as 20 inches of snow brought the Apple to a near-standstill.

The spotty snow response sparked reports of a deliberate slowdown by some Sanitation supervisors angered by City Hall cost-cutting measures. The Department of Investigation is looking into the allegations.

Nice. More reasons why I left NY…

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