NYC’s latest YouTube subway hero is Charles Sonder — the casual snacker who broke up a fight on a nighttime 6 train. NYU Local spoke to Sonder about snacking, subways, and the attitude of casual New Yorkers.
What were you going on the 6 train that day?
It was a Thursday night about 9:30pm; my friend Dan Csank and I were heading uptown to grab some drinks with a couple of girls after leaving our favorite bar, Home Sweet Home.
What were you eating?
A stack of Cheddar Pringles that my friend had shared with me. The bag in my hand was Gummi Bears.
Why did you feel the need to break up that fight?
I felt the need to stop the fight as soon as I could. It seemed that the girl was the first one to make physical contact, but that’s no excuse for any man to kick any female. I had to do something. Everyone else was just sitting there watching.
Do you mind your own business on the train? Was this incident out of character for you?
Typically I mind my own business on the train. In this case, I thought someone may have needed help. I would consider myself a helpful person as well as a bit of a “snacker.”
Are New Yorkers rude if they don’t break up a fight?
I don’t think it means that you are rude if you don’t break up a fight. I wouldn’t expect a little old lady to get in the middle of a scuffle. But I wasn’t afraid of these two combatants.
What’s your favorite all time snack?
I would say those Cheddar Pringles hit the spot that night on that train. It depends on the mood I’m in.