Brief encounter: passengers take to the metro in their underwear
Some of the bold and the brave of Warsaw shed their inhibitions on Sunday and took to the Warsaw underground to ride it minus their trousers.
The bizarre action was taken as part of the collective prank entitled, ‘No Pants Subway Ride Day’. Open to people of all backgrounds and ages, the event takes place annually all over the world on the second Sunday of January.
Poles, expats and students alike joined together to discard their trousers on the packed subway train that runs from the south to the north of Warsaw.
Nineteen-year-old Krzysztof Witek from Warsaw told TFN: “I joined this because I was bored at home and I thought, why not? Now I see all these people here, I’m into it!”
Krzystof was then joined by 27 year-old Przemysław Nowa: “None of my friends wanted to come.” he explained. “So I reached out to Krzysztof on Facebook and we decided to come here together, this is my third time attending the event.”
Vitaliy Vitalievich, a 20 year-old Ukrainian student, came for a different reason: “I’m here because I think this is a very beautiful, freeing thing to do. It’s progressive. In my country such things just don’t happen!”
Journalist student and fellow Ukrainian, Olviya Shevchenko agreed with him. “In Moscow a few years ago, people who part took in this event got arrested,” she said. “This would cause a sensation in Ukraine.”
For 27 year-old Juan Velasquez of Bogata, Columbia, the event was a chance of a lifetime “I’d heard about this on the news a few times in Columbia. It doesn’t take place there, and I always wanted to do it. It just matched up so well this year.”
The Columbian tech worker, who arrived in Warsaw two months ago, reunited with his long-lost university pal, Sebastián Barón and the pair came to the event together.
“It’s something I can tell to my grandkids, you know. ‘One time I rode on the subway trouserless in Warsaw’,” Juan said.
“I had a lot of fear when coming here,” he added. “The place is cold, but actually the people are very friendly and warm. In Warsaw you can see the modern, the post war, the classical. The city is so full of contrasts!”
The organisation responsible for the underwear-heavy day is the New York City-based comedy collective, Improv Everywhere, which stages unexpected comedy performances all in the name of bringing joy and laughter to the public.