Subway and Public Transportation Etiquette - The People We Encounter - Page 54
NYC's subway is something else - last time I was there I decided to check out downtown around Century 21, didn't get anything, stopped to get a smoothie at McDonalds and made my way towards the subway to head back to my hotel near times square.
Some disheveled lady with what looked to be an *actual hole in her forehead* (to this day, I still can't figure out WTF it was - I was afraid to stare too long, but I still remember it) looks at me as I'm heading towards the subway entrance and casually comments "That's a tasty looking drink - must be refreshing on a hot day like today." - I just responded "yup" as I kept walking, she then starts to walk alongside me and asks "will you buy me one?" not knowing what to say I just said "No, thanks" and sped up a little, and she went ballistic. She started screaming and ranting about the heat and about how I had a smoothie and she didn't have one and it was unfair and I was a cheap MF'er - I just thought to myself "Oh God - just make it past a turnstile in the subway and it will be all good, she won't follow me" - she trailed me down the stairs screaming with her bags in tow - finally I get past the turnstile after swiping my card only and breathe a sigh of relief only to hear her say "YOU THINK I DON'T HAVE A METROCARD, BITCH?!?!?!" She then proceeded to scream at me on the platform for 4 minutes while I stood there uncomfortably pretending to not hear her and everyone else just watched until my train arrived .
Seriously. The Post is either hilarious, or borderline offensive. But I mean somebody taking a picture of the guy about to get hit rather than fucking helping him is exactly what is wrong with society. People should be ashamed of themselves. People get hit too often and I think to myself, where the fuck were people?!!? There is no way I wouldn't notice somebody fall onto the tracks and not immediately try to help them. I honestly feel people are sick and secretly want to see somebody get smushed by a train. I mean, that is the only way I can see it.
There's probably a bit of that in all of us; the question is to what extent do we allow it to determine the way we interact with the outside world.
Stuff like that is interesting, as horrific as it is. I don't want that to happen to anybody, I don't want to see it happen to somebody, but if I had seen such a thing happen (and I have, but with a bus), a part of me would be fascinated by what just happened and my emotional reaction to it.
I imagine that if there had been fewer people present, the more likely it would have been that someone would've helped (as they would be less likely to simply wait to see if someone else steps in and takes responsibility for being a human being and part of a society)
I actually hadn't seen the picture until just now. The photographer claims he was taking pictures while running towards the guy trying to alert the train with the camera flash.
Regardless of the veracity of the claim, that he then sold the picture to the Post is pretty fucked up. And that he will only talk to the media if paid further undermines his character.
I'm surprised how empty the platform is, as well as how easy it would have been to help the poor guy.
On a related note, I don't understand how people enjoy the Saw movies. The opening lines of the Stephen King essay, Why We Crave Horror Movies:
"I think we're all mentally ill; those of us outside asylums only hide it a little better--and maybe not that much better, after all."
a quick and germane read