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Missing Boy With Asperger's Spent 11 Days Living in Subway

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the counting-the-seats dept.

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A missing 13-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome has been found after living in the subway for 11 days. The boy's mother says police were slow to search for the missing child because she's a Mexican immigrant. Police say they did all they could. The boy was found in a Coney Island subway station. He says he rode a few trains, but mostly slept and lived on snacks and water for the 950,400 seconds he was missing.

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First Post (0, Troll)

el3mentary (1349033) | more than 4 years ago | (#30241122)

Because no one cares about this article

Re:First Post (4, Funny)

Geekbot (641878) | more than 4 years ago | (#30241878)

I care. But I was busy counting the words in the article.

did they really counted seconds!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30248212)

these damn police . 950,400 Seconds!!! omg .

Sage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30253782)

Sage for Fox News

The story doesn't say ... (1)

RockDoctor (15477) | more than 4 years ago | (#30254444)

... but does imply that the family in question are illegal immigrants.
Which would raise interesting and significant issues other than the simple incompetence of subway staff who didn't spot a child sleeping rough and report it.

Re:The story doesn't say ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30258582)

Dude, have you ever seen who works in the NYC subway system?

This is from the same country where people drop dead in hospital waiting rooms.

not surprised here.

Re:The story doesn't say ... (1)

MikeURL (890801) | more than 4 years ago | (#30258980)

The NYC Subway drones are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to service job drones. They hate their job, themselves and will take it out on any customer that enters their sphere of influence.

What surprises me is that they cared enough to even bother with ANY passenger--even an obviously lost child. So I'm actually positively surprised by this story because my opinion of the MTA employees could not possibly be lower. If earth isn't hell then the NYC subway is about as close as you can get--with the MTA employees playing the role of the Malebranche.

Re:The story doesn't say ... (1)

fightinfilipino (1449273) | more than 4 years ago | (#30258722)

unless you're saying that the mere fact that the mom and her son are from Mexico somehow implies they're undocumented, i really don't see how you could even come close to the conclusion they're not here legally.

if anything, the mother's hounding of the police for not finding her son sooner could be seen as evidence that she and her son are in the US legally, as it's usually the undocumented folks who are reluctant to even speak with law enforcement.

Re:The story doesn't say ... (2, Insightful)

RockDoctor (15477) | more than 4 years ago | (#30270616)

unless you're saying that the mere fact that the mom and her son are from Mexico somehow implies they're undocumented, i really don't see how you could even come close to the conclusion they're not here legally.

Well, why was their nationality even mentioned, if it wasn't relevant? Someone thought that it was relevant enough to mention it in the article, and since the largest two issues that I hear Americans complaining about in a "Mexican" context are illegal immigrants and low-level drug dealers (the high level dealers all of course being American through and through) one can only conclude that the article's authors wanted people to draw the inference that mother and child are illegal immigrant drug dealers. If that's the inference that a foreigner can draw, then I think the woman has a pretty good case for smacking the newspaper with a good solid libel suit ASAP.

if anything, the mother's hounding of the police for not finding her son sooner could be seen as evidence that she and her son are in the US legally, as it's usually the undocumented folks who are reluctant to even speak with law enforcement.

That is a good point in her defence, though not a knock-out blow.

Should the mother turn out to be an illegal immigrant drug dealer, I assume that the child will be put back onto the subway to await her release after judicial murder? Or perhaps used as live bait in a NYC-Subway KiddieFukker entrapment programme? Get some use out of him before he gets old enough to be jailed?

Re:The story doesn't say ... (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#30263438)

These days even mentioning a child is likely to get you arrested as a peadiofiddlerast.

You noticed a lost child, did you? I suppose you go looking for them, do you? Just admit it and we'll only put you on the [publicly available] sex offenders register for a few years [extent of your natural life]. And you'll have to attend an offender realignment program at a cost - to you - of 20 grand [it's run by the DA's brother].

That's how it goes.

Londoner (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30260448)

Why is the picture of the London Underground when the article is about NYC Subway?

A Note on Placement (1)

schrodingers_rabbit (1565471) | more than 4 years ago | (#30267154)

As amusing as this story must be to the greater nerd community, it's categorization is questionable. I speak from experience in saying that challenges faced by those with Asperger's are hardly a laughing matter- or an idle concern. Despite the humor inherent in mental disorder, laughing at the struggles of a boy painfully isolated from the world is cruel.

Dum de dum its one oclock and time for lunch (1)

Another Prometheus (1684462) | more than 4 years ago | (#30269218)

Its clearly a government conspiracy. From the number of seconds quoted, the boy just happened to be found at EXACTLY the same time of day as when he was originally lost. Too coincidental by far.

Re:Dum de dum its one oclock and time for lunch (1)

Ginger Unicorn (952287) | more than 4 years ago | (#30269356)

when the suns beats down and i lie on the bench, i can always hear them talk..
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