Subway and Public Transportation Etiquette - The People We Encounter

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  1. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This morning, rainy morning. I am on the train and this darling little child standing at my feet wearing rain boots steps right on my shoes. I wanted to punt her across the train and uppercut her mother.
     
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    The Movie Goer. I saw one of these on the Hong Kong MTR, precariously balancing a large laptop on one arm while holding a handle with the other arm, and this was during morning rush our. Completely stupid.
     
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    This is good, I've met every type of rider listed.
    I would also add:
    The In Before Outers.
    These are the people who are on the platform when the train pulls in and when the doors open they try to board w/out first letting people off. It's common sense to know that you can't occupy a space that is already occupied. Also happens in elevators.

    +1...wtf is w/ these people? Especially on elevators it is more problematic because there is only one door. When this occurs, especially in Asia, (especially in HK) I make a point of simply walking into, thru, or over the idiot who is trying to get in before anyone else has gotten out. I've heard some ppl speak of cultural differences etc but that is total bs. You can't occupy the space that is already being occupied you f'ng Einstein!
    Also, I will kop to being a "to-cool-for-support" rider however, I have made a significant point of practicing it on my most heavily ridden lines in Taipei (MRT) and HK (MTR). It is actually kind of fun to "surf' the train and to date I have never fallen over or lurched into another passenger...REALLY! :) But I do it b/c I don't want to touch ANYTHING in that train or station and I think wearing surgical gloves everywhere may draw looks even in Hong Kong! So I continue to surf... cool or not! :nodding:
     
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    Moses

    The jibberish-speaking, elderly crackhead in a rags who smells so bad, he just parts the sea of people and gets himself an entire bench to himself on the 5 line during evening rushhour.
     
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    Lest we forget the pickpocket. Those two gents eyeballing your backpack/luggage as you step on the metro after a long flight deserve a bit of a mention.
     
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    The Spokesperson for Religion
    This is the person who has just found God, Allah, Buddha, Krishna, or some magical turd in the Atlantic, and must tell you about it. Right this instant. He will walk up and down the train screaming at you about how you will be damned if you don't follow his god. If you ignore him (stare past him, read a book, etc) he will frantically wave and flail IN YOUR FACE for three minutes until he realizes you will slog him in the throat if he keeps it up.

    Your New Best Friend
    This is the person who resembles you in no way; typically he or she will be on the opposite end of the age spectrum. But you do, read, or wear something that s/he just had to come talk to you about, because it's the greatest/coolest/most interesting thing ever. Some will be polite and after a brief inquiry let you go back to living your life; these people are okay. Polite social behavior is fine. Unfortunately, this is the subway. More often than not, the person will use that topic to segue into how you are now great pals because you have XYZ in common. He will inquire about your life, your other hobbies, and a plethora of details you don't care to tell him. For these people I make up lies, since I don't trust any batshit crazy subway riders.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I that whenever somebody decides to strike up a conversation with you for whatevr reason, everybody is staring at the both of you. They know it was a somewhat random event and need to see how it plays out. I hate people. There was this one time these very obviously gay man was bothering the shit out of me about my clothes and asking me all kinds of personal questions. Everybody's eyes were glued to us. It was awkward.
     
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    did you guys hook up?
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Oh you know it.
     
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    He was probably testing you, to see if you're an SF member. Did he ask if "you like it, the lamb" or if perchance you're a farmer?
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Funny follow-up to this story. I saw this guy again. I was buying some things at a bodega and he walked in and grabbed a half-gallon tub of ice cream. His eyes were beet red and his words were all weird. He was looking really hard at what I was holding and said, "What healthy choices you made." I told him that I was just buying certain things at my girlfriend's request. Once I said this he liked flicked his wrist at me annoyed and stormed off. I don't think he wanted to hear "girlfriend". But yeah, he was high as a kite.
     
  13. Johdus Fanfoozal

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    For a long time this was the momofukuing worst, until I discovered:

    The Man Who Bathed In Garlic Last Night
    Pretty much self explanatory, but occasionally I will walk into a subway car and be overcome with wave upon wave of a rotten garlic odor emanating from every pore of some dude like radiation from a fuel rod. Stale piss smell I can handle... even shit to an extent. But that mofoing garlic smell is the absolute worst.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It is not our fault we are Italian. We just have pizza sauce for blood.
     
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    Wrong demographic.

    TMWBIGLNs have a lot in common with The Dashers.
     
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