Zanta, notorious for doing push-ups in nothing but a Santa hat and shorts, has been banned from Toronto's transit system.
The oddball busker, a.k.a. David Zancai, received a probation order stating he is "not permitted on any TTC property or vehicle other than surface routes" for a two-year period. Moreover, bus drivers across the city have refused him access as well.
"I've lost my freedoms. I can't move. I can't go nowhere," Mr. Zancai says. "They don't like it when I do push-ups or say, 'Yes, Yes, Yes,' and 'Merry Christmas.' But I refuse to take my hat off."
You haven't truly experienced Toronto until you've seen Zanta doing push-ups on the subway without a shirt on in the middle of January. Unlike most of the crazies in this city, he is neither a tragic diseased and drug-addled wreck nor a selfish, slovenly welfare parasite.
He is what he is, an eccentric annoyance, but still, an entertaining annoyance.