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Someone drew swastikas on the NYC subway. So passengers chipped in to erase them.


UPDATE 1:03 p.m.:

CNN reports the man who called for alcohol was Jared Nied, a chef at a Manhattan restaurant. 

"The woman across the car from me...asked if I could do something and offered a tissue. That's when it clicked that sanitizer would work," Nied told CNN Sunday.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Sunday it hadn't received a formal complaint. NYPD has not identified a suspect. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted this apparent transformation of a swastika.

ORIGINAL STORY: Passengers on the New York City subway on Saturday were greeted with swastikas drawn all over ads and windows, many with hateful messages.

Fortunately, those swastikas were drawn in Sharpie, and a quick-thinking passenger had the solution.

"Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol," one passenger said, according to a Facebook post from a witness.  

The anti-Semitic messages didn't last long.

The messages were quickly erased after passengers shared their hand sanitizer bottles. 

Here's another look at the hateful messages before they were erased.

I've never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel.
Gregory Locke, witness

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