Man Mocked Online For Shaving On Train Urges People Not To Judge
"My life is all screwed up. That's the reason I was shaving on the train."
A man who was mocked online after he was filmed shaving on a commuter train headed out of New York City said he was just trying to clean up after days spent in a homeless shelter.
Anthony Torres, 56, told The Associated Press that the people judging him on social media don't know the struggles he has been through in his life.
"My life is all screwed up. That's the reason I was shaving on the train," he said.
A fellow passenger on a New Jersey Transit train on Monday filmed video of Torres sitting in his seat, steadily swiping away at his lathered face and tossing the shaving cream from the razor onto the floor.
The video, posted on Twitter, had 2.4 million views by Monday afternoon and has since been taken down. Another video showed a clean-shaven Torres with a beer in his hand.
The self-grooming earned its share of negative comments on the internet, drawing insults like "slob," ″animal" and "nasty". Others humorously lauded his steady hand with a razor while a few cautioned against passing judgment and suggested people didn't know the whole story.
Torres said the truth is the video captured him at a vulnerable moment. He had been homeless and staying in a shelter in New York City.
After reaching out to his family for help, his brother gave him money for a train ticket, which he was using to reach another brother in southern New Jersey.
He said he left the shelter before having a chance to shower and clean up and wanted to look "presentable".
"I don't want to say that I'm homeless, let everybody know," he said. "That's why I was shaving."
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