Hello! Where is the common sense?

I’ve lived in New York City all my life; and being a New Yorker, I am well aware of the attitudes acted out by most people living in this populated city. Despite this awareness, I am always baffled at how inconsiderate and rude people can show themselves to be in the closest of spaces such as mass transit buses and trains.

In a situation where personal space almost doesn’t exist due to the nature of public transportation especially during rush hour, people become oblivious to their surroundings and fellow commuters, and as a result, some kind of scuffle or exchange of words ensues. For instance, standing by the doors on the train while people are trying to get on during rush hour just isn’t smart. Or, the person who stands by the door and thinks he is leaning their back against the panel next to the 3-seater but is really leaning against your head.

Then there are those who are just selfish and just don’t give a crap about the other person or people. For instance, a train bench normally sits an average of 7 to 8 people of average size without touching each other. A fat woman never fails to find a seat. If there is space on a bench, she will have herself a seat. She will insist that everybody on the bench consolidate together so the space between each commuter becomes space/seat enough for a small child. She then wedges her ginormous ass and thighs only to be able to sit at the edge. But if she is obnoxious, she will wedge her back against the bench, bunching everyone on the bench shoulder to shoulder. Or worse, she may end up sitting on you, which has happened.

These are just a few examples that I have witnessed and/or experienced during my years of commuting. And from my experiences, I have developed a list of etiquette rules for the everyday commuter.


~ by thedailycommuter on Thursday, December 27, 2007.

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