T-shirt Vendor, Lance Orton - Unsung Hero

We would like to thank, T-shirt Vendor, Lance Orton for alerting the police with regards to the failed attempt at this weekend's Times Square Car Bomb.

We understand the lack of respect you receive for selling knockoff "I Love NY" t-shirts at 3 for $10 dollars. Maybe, the creator of the "I Love NY" logo, Milton Glaser, might actually give you a pass for heroics?

In light of selling knock-offs, you may have the chance to create your own t-shirts? The, "See something, say something" t-shirt...well at least until the City of New York, tries to capitalize on your hard work and produces a cease and desist order on you. So move fast!

Of course, we wouldn't recommend the poster below on a shirt, but you may want to solicit Artist, Jay Shells, who got the MTA's panties in a bunch with his genious, "Subway Etiquette" poster campaign.
The MTA and the NYPD's campaign for, "See Something Say Something".

One of Artist, Jay Shells' posters which the MTA, saddly ordered to remove immediately.

Here is the article from the New York Times, regarding Lance Orton:

T-Shirt Vendor Takes On New Persona: Reluctant Hero of Times Square


Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times - May 2, 2010, 9:20 am

The T-shirt vendor who alerted the police to the bomb in Times Square spoke to officers Sunday morning.About 12 hours had passed since a T-shirt vendor in Times Square had alerted police to a suspicious S.U.V. that was packed with a bomb. But by 7 a.m. Sunday, with the S.U.V. towed away and the streets safe and reopened, the vendor was tired, cranky and reluctant to say much about his feat.

 “I’m fed up,” said the vendor, who declined to give his name as he headed toward a taxicab in Times Square around 7 a.m. “We’ve been up since 6 a.m. of yesterday morning.”

   The vendor, who was swarmed by television cameras, wore a name tag around his neck that identified him as Lance Orton. A law enforcement official confirmed that his first name was Lance.

 The vendor had seen smoke billowing from the rear of the S.U.V., which was parked awkwardly near the curb and was running, shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Within moments, the vendor alerted a mounted police officer; the officer smelled gunpowder near the car and an evacuation of Times Square was ordered.

 Around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, the vendor and several others he worked with collected the T-shirts and tables they had abandoned on 45th Street and Broadway when Times Square was first evacuated. After collecting his belongings, the vendor walked down 45th Street in search of a taxicab to take him home.

 “I’m not going to say nothing, I’m not going to say nothing,” he said when first approached by a gaggle of reporters.

 As he walked down the street, employees from Junior’s restaurant stood outside applauding him. He briefly entered the restaurant before heading toward 44th Street.

 He walked with a limp, had a cane, wore a white fedora and had a hoop earring in his right ear.

 When asked if he was proud of his actions, he said: “Of course, man. I’m a veteran. What do you think?”

 The vendor said that he had served during the Vietnam War and had been selling wares on the street for about 20 years.

 “I don’t have too much of a choice, nobody’s giving me a job,” he said.

 He said that he was reluctant to speak with members of the media because they had twisted his words when they interviewed him in recent years.

 He got into the back seat of the taxi, took off his hat and used it to fan his face.

Before he left, he was asked what he had to say to New Yorkers.
“See something, say something,” he said.

In addition the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg had failed to recognize vendors like Lance Orton, so they created a Facebook page: Mayor Bloomberg, take the Hero Street Vendors to Dinner

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1 comment:

Jefferson Merrick said...

I trust he will be given a few thousand T shirts with 'See something, say something' emblazoned on the back and front!