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Man recorded shaving on NJ Transit train had just left shelter, he says

September 18, 2018 - 7:16 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A man shamed online after he was recorded shaving on a New Jersey Transit train last week is speaking out to explain he was trying to clean up after spending days at a homeless shelter.

Anthony Torres, 56, spoke to the Associated Press saying the people judging him on social media did not know the struggle he has gone through.

A passenger aboard a Northeast Corridor train recorded Torres as he groomed his facial hair in his seat, tossing the shaving cream from the razor on the floor.

The video was posted on Twitter and viewed over 2.4 million times before the owner of the video deactivated his account.

Commentors responding to the video called it “gross” and referred to Torres as a “slob.”

The truth, Torres explained is that he had just left a homeless shelter in New York City after reaching out to his family for help.

He said a brother gave him money for a train ticket so that he could get to another brother that lives in southern New Jersey.

Torres boarded the train at Pennsylvania Station around 7 p.m. but didn’t have time to clean up beforehand and wanted to look presentable.

The 56-year-old said he has bounced around from job to job and suffered two strokes in the last two years. His brother, Thomas, said that when he arrived at his home, he asked for a sleeping bag and was prepared to spend the night under a bridge.

Torres’ brothers were the ones who originally contacted the media to tell his story in the hopes that people would think twice before passing judgement on a stranger.