NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Talk about getting a spit shine.

The seemingly unending series of disgusting and reprehensible antics that’s been caught on tape in the New York City subway system recently has racked up yet another entry.

This time, a man with either the world’s worst foot fetish or in desperate need of a shoe shine is caught on tape vigorously licking his black shoe clean.

Video: Man Licks Shoe Clean

We’re not talking about a slight, “A Christmas Story”-like sticking of a tongue against something.

This is more like a tongue-lashing.

The foot-in-mouth incident was apparently taped on the 5 train Wednesday, May 11.

What’s going on the New York City subways lately? Is this business as usual or has it gotten worse? If you saw someone doing this on the subway, what would you do? Sound off in our comments section.

Comments (62)
  1. yankee_balla says:

    of course no one around him cares.. it’s NYC! Have you ever been there?! If I had filmed every odd thing (ok i did film quite a good rant in central park) I saw I’d have quite a collection. People on subways mind their own business.

  2. kendra says:

    now what in the world would posess that man to lick his shoe the way he did doesn,t he know there are like a million germs on the train that he could wound up getting a parasite in his mouth and then he,lll have to stay in the hospital or something?all he hand to do was carry around a cloth or rag to keep his shoes clean.

    1. Kristyn Kelly says:

      Maybe it’s like some new way of getting high that hasn’t quite caught on yet.

  3. Jacob says:

    I sure just wouldn’t just sit there staring. I would have left he car the moment he started. Who knows what crazy stunt he would’ve pulled next, and I’m not going to wait to find out!

  4. duh says:

    He obviously is listening to Ludacris’ song “What’s Your Fantasy” and misunderstood the lyrics! He thought the line was I wanna li li li lick you from yo heel to yo toe!!

  5. el marcone says:

    At least he cleaning something on the MTA subway. Many times the subway has sticky soda stains on the floor.

    1. Oily Discharge says:

      Uh, that wasn’t soda. Sorry.

  6. Brooklyn Subway Rider says:

    If cleanliness is really close to g0dliness, this man’s a saint! He’s cleaning his shoes like cats clean their paws.

  7. Nancy Luna says:

    Only in New York….

    1. Nancy Luna says:

      VERY GROSS!!!

  8. Dale Auburn says:

    If the shoe fits, eat it. Of course, his breath will smell like feet.

    1. Happy wife happy life says:

      One thing is for sure. He has a happy wife at home.

  9. THEQUEEN says:

    New York New York, it’s a SHOE of a town!!!!!!!

  10. Chris Owenski says:

    Check out more freaks like this guy here:

  11. George Oh-Well says:

    Just more evidence that in the near future, our public behavior will be controlled by “Little Brother”, an Orwellian horde armed with hi-rez AV devices that will capture EVERY misdeed, misdemeanor, or other socially-unacceptable behavior you do!

    Future employers might be able to do a name search (more likely a facial-recognition program to pick you out of random video posts), then decide whether to hire you by what s/he sees! You won’t be safe outside your home as hi-rez phone cams and other devices (eReaders, tablets, etc.) become ubiquitous.

    Be very afraid.

  12. Michael H. says:

    I wish I was his shoe!

    1. william says:

      PEOPLE !!! This was a staged event. Everyone’s trying to be overnight sensations. Can’t you tell when he’s done, he stares right to the camera??? DUH!!!!!!

      1. Heavy D., for the win. says:

        In America, we are trying to be overweight sensations.

  13. abner says:

    Maybe you should go back to reporting about Tiger Woods or Lindsay Lohan or even the wedding

  14. Dottie Gallardo says:


  15. floyd bannister says:

    ok. now i have seen it all

  16. Justine Cross says:

    Poor bloke. It’s much better when you lick a Dominatrix’s heel clean and not your own shoe!

  17. Get Smart says:

    The man wasn’t lick his shoes….he was talking into his shoe phone…..agent 86

    1. Sigfreid says:

      I see English has got you licked.

      1. KAOS says:

        He is trying to activate a shoe bomb.

  18. Double-R says:

    Want to know why everyone around him isn’t making such a big spectacle of it? The same reason why this should even be a story on the news. Nobody gives a $h!t.


    1. Double-R says:

      Shouldn’t be***

  19. DC on UWS says:

    I blame Justin Beiber

    1. Wayne says:


  20. Ellen says:

    Did you noticed how the people sitting around this guy were either completely clueless of what was going on, or didn’t think anything of it. Either way Gross.

  21. James says:

    that’s how the foot and mouth disease starts

  22. Mr. Soul says:

    He’s not mentally ill. Everyone is weird in one way or another. If it don’t hurt another, get your freak on!

  23. Sure says:

    Everyone wants a shot a the next YouTube video that goes viral. Tell you what, instead of picking on people like this fella, video yourself and the things “you do”. You’ll see this shoe licking thing probably pails in comparison.

  24. voiceofreason says:

    someone should file a civil suit against CBS for biggotry and hateful acts against the mentally ill…..if this were someone poking fun at someone based on color they would be in court fighting the next day…..


    1. DC on UWS says:

      Are you suggesting that the man is mentally ill? On what do you base that conclusion? Are you stereotyping? Are you implying that mentally ill people engage in this behavior? You’re just as bad as those you chastise.

      1. Stingy Grapeface says:

        oh, DC, you so crazy.

      2. LulaxCave says:

        DC you are on target

      3. joe says:

        DC makes out with his momma

  25. Leonard says:

    $104 a month for this

  26. abvillian says:

    That’s what you call a NYC spit shine

  27. Gregg says:

    Someone must have told him about a spit shine and he thought they said lick shine !!

  28. nyc says:

    Where are the cops ? This guy is just another mentally disturbed person who should be in a institution on meds ! I guess we just have to wait until he attacks someone !!

  29. Jerek Deter says:

    Maybe he’s a “journalist” for cbs news?

    1. stingy grapeface says:

      maybe he’s the new CEO

  30. Al Bundy says:

    Why that’s a gourmet meal in NYC!

  31. mitch says:

    I blame Rex Ryan….

  32. joe says:

    Huh, ok this stuff happens all the time RELAX people

    1. do something useful says:

      whew, thanks, joe. now i feel a lot better. you’re so level headed.

  33. Cisco says:

    maybe he didnt take his medication that day.

  34. jerseyjoey says:

    ITS NYC need anyone say more.

  35. janet says:

    o yuck!

  36. Jake w. says:

    CBS like so much of the rest of the media is now nothing more than a shadow of it’s former self. Why even post this ? This could be on some high school kids blog. Not the “news”
    The media is a joke and our countries stature in the world is plummeting is just one result.

    1. Robert Paul Hohn says:

      This comment is the ONLY intelligent post on this thread. CBS, I want to still love you guys but let’s get real. Is this honestly worthy enough of begin the SECOND headline on your website?

  37. Kimball Horton says:

    Whatever happened to shoe polish?

  38. BlameBeltran says:

    I blame Carlos Beltran.

    1. Mookie Wilson says:

      I totally agree.

  39. do something useful says:

    wow, thank you cbs for bringing another life changing story my way. go journalism!

  40. Pushed to the Ocean says:

    This shouldn’t be news. 1010 WINS should report about how working class NYers can’t afford to live in Brooklyn anymore. 1010 should do a story on how neighborhoods like mine have turned into an idealized and romanticized version of Brooklyn that doesn’t include or consider any real Brooklynites. Please, no more cheese stores and organic coffee shops!!!

  41. teen says:

    Not saying he isn’t weird but maybe he had a job interview or a meeting of some sort and he needed to get his shoes to shine. there are a lot of posabilitys for this but it’s still nasty. i would of just wet my shirt and cleaned it. I mean the militray spit shine there shoes but there is no tounge loving lol

  42. NYCB4Yuppies says:

    Stuff like this has always existed on the trains. The difference now is that everyone is armed with a cell phone cam. Everyone is a fcukin filmmaker these days.

  43. disgusted says:

    just another nutbag waitng to explode one day on the train.

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