Those kids who sell candy slay me. At least they are honest--they aren't selling candy "for no basketball team. I'm selling candy to keep some money in my pockets, so I can stay out of trouble." Maybe you should go get a paper route or something.
I generally don't see anything gross on the train...but all last year while I was working (and taking the lexington ave trains) I'd see a fight/almost fight about once a week. I'd always lower the volume on my ipod so I could a) be nosy and catch the jokes/laughs and b) figure out if I'd need to try and make a quick get away. I remember this one WI lady pushing some other chick bc she claimed the other chic pushed her first. Homegirl was scared out of her mind...no lie, big WI women are scary.
Then one time, my train went out of service because one of the smaller windows fell out and hit some woman upside her head.
That could work, but no one buys newspapers anymore. In he big cities, the delivery drivers are union, so you have to be someone's son to even get a delivery job.
I've got NYC subway stories myself:
I was once riding the L from 14th and 8th avenue, and I saw three guys pointing and laughing. I looked out the window and saw they were pointing at a homeless man who had pulled his pants down and was flashing his member to the world. It got even weirder when one of the laughing men whipped out his camera and took a picture...
And just in general, I love how New Yorkers try to pretend they don't notice the famous people and models when they're on the train...