LOWER EAST SIDE — A woman punched and sprayed mace in the face of an MTA booth clerk who refused to give her free entry into the East Broadway subway station, telling her, "I don't have time for this," police said.
The 46-year-old booth clerk told police she was at the station's turnstile cleaning the MetroCard reader at around 3:40 p.m. April 12 when the woman approached her and said she wanted to go through, according to a police report.
"I didn't see you swipe your MetroCard," the clerk responded, according to the report.
"I don't have time for this, I have somewhere to go," the woman said, then punched the clerk in the face several times before pulling out mace and spraying the worker in the face, causing pain to her left eye and cheek, police said.
The suspect, described as roughly 20 years old, then fled through the turnstiles to the train platform, police said.