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Subway and Public Transportation Etiquette - The People We Encounter

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by patrickBOOTH, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Johdus Fanfoozal

    Johdus Fanfoozal Well-Known Member

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  2. patrickBOOTH

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    Fuck Jersey.
     
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    A friend of mine lived in West New York and always used to take those little jitney buses from near Times Sq. It seemed to me like a good way to wind up the subject of a Crimestoppers segment.
     
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    I got into my first subway confrontation this afternoon on the 1 train. I step into the train at 116 and apparently I had kicked an older black guy's tennis shoes while trying to squeeze inside. After boarding, my back was facing him and he kicks my shoes to make a point because I did not apologize immediately after it happened. I turn around to see what was happening (i thought someone's bag fell or something) and see this guy shouting at me. He felt threatened when i turned around so he got out of his seat and started calling me names, but I remained silent while giving him a death stare in a defensive stance because he kept reaching in his pocket. After a few stops, he walks to another part of the train and continues calling me names and everyone around him moves to my side. Finally after about 10-15 min, the guy gets of 79th. I won't be surprised if this is on youtube now. lol
     
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    I ride the subway to/from work every day and when I kick/step/etc on someone's foot/shoe/sneaker..I simply say.."pardon me." Never been an issue.....Try it...
     
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    I would have definitely said "sorry" immediately afterwards if I had known, but I had no idea until the guy kicked me, accused me of kicking his shoe, and started calling me names and threatening me.

    edit: I admit that it was probably not the smartest move on my part, but I was confident that nothing was going to happen.
     
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    Ahem, this is the 19th century calling, why not use this new fangled idea introduced by that most esteemed fellow Mr George Bradshaw I believe he calls it a railway timetable.
     
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    eh...there is NO railway timetable for the NYC subways.......:teach:
     
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    Because you have not made it to the 19th century yet.:brick:
     
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    korny!
     
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    www.mta.info/schedules

    There is, it's just not terribly helpful when it says something like "then every 6-8 minutes until". Even when it's specific you can't rely on it because of the jerkwads who hold the doors.
     
  12. patrickBOOTH

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    This happened to a friend of mine. Same exact thing. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same guy.


    Yeah, apparently there is a schedule, but it doesn't mean anything. For some reason Monday mornings are always the worst. It is like the guys on the new shift in the mornign are still fucked up and hungover from the weekend and can't get their shit straight.

    Btw, the same little meatball from a few pages back showed up today. Almost missing the train again and screaming at the top of her lungs, "WHERE THE FUCK IS MY CARD, YO!"
     
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    I don't live in NYC, but have visited enough to know the subway. And after having become accustomed to those in Asia such as HK MTR, Tokyo Metro and Taipei's MRT I don't know how y'all deal with it. In reality NY needs to replace the ENTIRE system... it's old, inefficient and waiting 6-10 mins for the train feels like an eternity. If I ever wait more than 3 mins i'm freaking out! :lol:


    Why? I'm always interested how NY "natives" deal with these kinds of confrontations... personally I won't say shit to anyone. Perhaps unreasonably I have the feeling that the possibility of any random person being a potential psycho is much higher. I do the same in LA... if I'm driving around b/c it's an area I'm not too familiar with and accidentally cut someone off or something I wish I had a "pardon me" sign that could flash out the window... or possibly "please don't shoot me".
     
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    I don't know if I mentioned it in here, but a friend of mine tried to reason with one of these psychos that for no reason was spouting out the most unbelievably racist things you have ever heard. My friend, while he means well, is an idiot for such an attempt. You cannot reason with crazy people. His night ended up in the hospital getting a rabies shot and stitched up from the chunk of flesh that was bitten off of him. Yep, this happened.
     
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    right... this is exactly the type of thing I'd like to avoid.. and keep my flesh. Funny reversal of the psycho thing occurred.... I was dining alfresco in the Santa Monica promenade with my ex-gf.... when this guy comes up to try panhandling for money. (For the record I am white, my gf Asian the guy is black.) Now we're in a fenced off area for the restaurant's outside dining and I'm none too pleased being interrupted, but I try to be polite with a "hey man, not at the moment please... the lady and I are trying to enjoy some lunch" kinda thing. The guy literally goes berserk and starts yelling at me "you n*ggr this" "you f'g n*ggr that" and I'm like "wtf asshole have you looked in the mirror recently?" (I know rude but he brought it on.) anyway my gf (who has a bit of a accent and is clearly not American) is just naive or crazy she starts on with "no wrong answer!! not a n*ggr... he is cracker and I am chink! White boy is cracker and Asia girl is chink!!" That's almost exactly what she said (scary I know...she was a real piece of work). This big ol' dude just gets all quizzical... like "what the fuck is wrong with THIS bitch!" :lol: It was actually hilarious b/c he suddenly hadn't a clue how to respond... he wasn't expecting my crazy-ass gf!! Not only that, but clearly there were other people (white, black, Asian and otherwise) in the restaurant and they weren't sure whether to applaud her efforts for standing up for herself, or be dismayed by her total lack of concern at shouting these racial epithets. Shortly thereafter, restaurant staff told the guy to leave. It was an interesting meal to say the least....
     
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    I was walking with a friend one evening and this black guy yelled "crackers" at us. My friend yelled back, "I'm Guatemalan!"

    Additionally, I did see a black guy on the subway screaming the "n" word at black people. Only in New York...
     
  17. Kid Nickels

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    Louis C.K.'s sometimes okay show "Louie" (why is it spelled differently?? I dunno..) has a lot of these "only in NY" moments. A brilliant subway musician playing the violin juxtaposed against some disgusting, homeless guy stripping down and washing himself right there on the platform. Ya only in NY.
     
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    That's what I love about it. There is something about garbage, slime, graffiti, and a lamborghini all in the same spot.
     
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    and that's why I love to visit the City but don't think I'd ever be happy living there. It's been a while so I need to get back...couple of my friends live in Brooklyn (recently relocated from Manhattan)... maybe once it warms up a little!
     
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    I love the juxtaposition. I think it was David Cross who said while in NYC you don't know whether to stare at the hottest woman you have ever seen or the most decrepit man you have ever seen at the same time.
     

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