If time is money, then few would be expected to have more than NYU’s Time Keeper. However, when the university’s unofficial human clock and vigilante crossing guard, known for shouting the countdown to classes and directing traffic along University Place, had his wallet mysteriously disappear during a visit to Beth Israel Hospital in August, he filed a report against the employees of what he calls the “Hospital of Thieves.” The Time Keeper claims the hospital’s employees stole his wallet and is now demanding that the hospital pays his medical bills in reparation.
The Time Keeper, born John Votta, was taken to Beth Israel after fainting outside of NYU’s Meyer Hall on Saturday, Aug. 4. With the assistance of a nearby police officer, an ambulance was called for Votta, who specifically requested Beth Israel. “I always go to Beth Israel,” said Votta, “but never again.”
Mr. Votta reports that a Beth Israel doctor, who he describes as a “bitch,” kept him there from Aug. 4 through Aug. 8 “on spite.” During his stay there, at approximately 1PM on Tuesday, Aug. 7, a nurse reportedly asked Votta to remove his four watches in preparation for a radiological exam. According to Votta, this “run-in” with the nurse was not entirely friendly, and he admits to being a bit “hard” with her because he didn’t want to remove his watches, which he says he never takes off.
Although Votta initially refused to remove his timepieces, he voluntarily placed his wallet in the sheets of his hospital bed. At approximately 2:37PM, Votta returned to his room to find his bed made with new sheets, much to his chagrin. After “yelling” at the hospital staff and demanding the location of his missing wallet, Votta was reportedly told by a “head nurse” that security would be called to investigate the matter, something Votta says never took place. According to Votta, Beth Israel is “trying to say that [the nurse] wrapped up the sheets, she threw [the wallet] away, it’s in the laundry room, nobody found it, it’s lost.” Votta, however, claims that he was robbed. His leading suspect? The nurse.
The Time Keeper is currently looking to recruit students to help him protest outside of Beth Israel. All interested can speak with him directly at the intersection of Washington Place and University Place on almost any weekday morning.