This happened to my kung-fu instructor. He was on the 7 train in Queens (the train was mostly empty, no more than 10 people). He was feeling stiff so he put his leg on the empty seat next to him and was stretching. His foot wasn’t even on the seat and this cop gives him a ticket for having his leg on the empty seat. The same cop went around to four other people on the nearly empty train and gave them tickets for similarly harmless things like having a bag on the empty seat next to them.

Sounds like the city is desperate for money and policemen are doing their best to fill their quotas of tickets per day. Lesson is, all rules that were never ever enforced before are being enforced now.

EDIT: Originally this comic I had it as $25, but then I realized that it was actually $50!!!