Are some people raised by wolves or something? Yesterday on the Metro a guy smacks me with his bag (twice) as we're going up the escalator. I push his bag out of my way to avoid it happening again--and to send a message of "hey watch your damned bag."
He turns and threatens to "flatten me" if I touch his bag again. I inform him that he hit me with his bag twice and he repeats himself just with a bit more anger than before. I just say to him "I'll keep that in mind," and walk off.
Then later in the day I was entering the Metro and said "excuse me" to the woman in front of me (standing on the left). I said it politely, even meekly I would say. I wasn't trying to start something. She apparently didn't hear me but her friend did. I repeated myself and the woman moved over so I could pass. But her friend started yelling at me: "No no no no. Why you gotta be rushin' past like that? Where you have to be in such a rush? Rushin off to nowhere!" WTF? For starters, I wasn't even talking to her, she was standing to the right and not blocking my way. Second, how am I possibly harming her if I want to walk past her and "rush" to get where I'm going?
What the fuck is the matter with people? Sure I didn't have to push that guy's bag away and I could have just stood there and not walked even though I wanted to and basic Metro courtesy says "stand to the right," but where is people's basic acknowledgement that the world is not theirs alone?