Basic Metro Behavior 101

11 08 2009

I’ve got another rant about the people who ride the wonderful D.C. Metro. There are certain people who really bug me. These are the people who insist on being “their own person” on a train so crowded that making choices for yourself without the consideration of others is just plain dumb and annoying. And above everything it’s a major hassle to those around you. 

Let’s get down to business, shall we? Imagine this scenario: You’re on a crowded Metro train car. Every seat and spot is taken. You come to a popular train stop and a good deal of the passengers leave, allowing for a handful of seats to become available.  A lot of people begin to board the train again, cramming the car back up. Ok, it’s a standard cycle on the Metro of passengers boarding and un-boarding, so where is my problem?

My problem is with the people who insist on standing in front of an empty seat, but not actually sitting down. This is never excusable. I don’t care if you are “not in the mood” to sit. By standing in front of an empty seat you are blocking this seat from others being able to sit. If it is crowded, you are creating a major hassle to those around you. Plus, this is a hazard. Everyone knows it is more safe to be seated in a moving vehicle than to be standing. You are putting yourself  at risk as well as the others around you who you could possibly fall down into upon a sudden jerk or stop with the train. But the thing about such seat blocking that really bothers me is that it’s simply selfish. Why should it be ok for someone to block a seat, when it is obvious that the train is crowded? Can’t people tell that taking up the space of two people instead of one person is greedy and rude?

If these such people even use the excuse such as that they are only going one stop, or a short distance and see it as a waste of energy to sit down, that’s fine. But when that thinking is set in a crowded Metro car, everyone should be aware of those around them. I don’t care if you don’t want to sit. Unless you have a disability where you physically can’t bend your knees in order to sit; if you are near an empty seat, then sit. If you are near an empty seat but refuse to sit there, then is it so hard to move away from it so as not to block it for someone else? Seriously folks, take an easy refresher course in manners. This is Basic Metro Behavior 101.

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