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Common Courtesy

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by DrunkCajun, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. DrunkCajun

    DrunkCajun Banned

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    Common Courtesy

    So I was inspired by Snowieken's rant about disrespectful elderly people yesterday, and as I started my commute home, I was warily watching the geriatric about to board the train next to me, ignoring the rest of the people around me. It was rush hour, so the trains were literally packed with people, and there was a crowd forming around all the train doors, with a small path in the middle to allow exiting passengers out.

    Naturally, its common sense and courtesy to allow those exiting the train to get off, which then makes more room for those of us getting on, and after that, the people standing closest get on first and file into the train.

    Apparently not for everyone. While I'm inspecting the white-haired old man next to me, half expecting him to start beating people with his cane the moment the doors open, I catch movement on the other side of me and watch in shock as a 20-something chick pushes past everyone, makes her way into the open lane, and shoves her way into the train before anyone has a chance to get off. She hustles her way through the crowd and dives into an empty seat. What the hell?

    After everyone gets off, most of the seats are empty, as I get on at a big stop, and the seat next to the woman happens to be the only one open, so I take it. Not 5 minutes into the ride, she pulls out her cell phone and starts dialing numbers. I've got my iPod on, with The Clash playing and up pretty loud, but I can still hear the ***** over it. How loud must she have been talking? I could barely freaking hear the PR system as the conductor announced station stops.

    Unbelievable. I made a point of not getting up right away at the end of the line and taking my time in front of her just to spite her for being such a brat getting on the train and during the ride.

    Today, I'm riding the elevator downstairs at my office to get a drink, and there are three other people in the elevator with me. We're going to the bottom floor, and when we get there, the door opens and before its even all the way open, some woman is shoving through them and pressing her floor, looking at all of us like we're just along for the ride. We have to maneuver around her to get out before she realizes that we weren't just riding the elevator up and down for kicks. Is it not common sense to not stand in front of the elevator when it opens, and when at the bottom floor, to expect that people might actually be getting out?

    Does everyone live in their own little world where the world revolves around them? What the hell? :rant:
     
  2. SilentMagik

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    Ah yes. There seems to be something in public transportation that brings out the worst in people.

    One thing that irritates me is when people, often young people, put their feet up on the seat opposite them. I mean people are supposed to sit there and they put their dirty, stinking shoes on the seat.. Their attitude is like "I dont care cause I'm so cool so I do whatever I want". You can pretty much tell other people are thinking what I'm thinking but nobody ever says one word.
     
  3. DrunkPotHead

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    So it was you staring me down the other day?
     
  4. Gorny

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    I agree with you on this one DC, I see it every day here. On the train, the elevator, and almost everywhere inbetween. Those same people are usually the ones to complain loudly about anything in particular.

    I had just gotten off the train on the way to work yesterday morning, when this twentysomething girl was behind me all the way down the stairs and across the state of illinois buildings' floor and into it's lower level. She was loudmouthed, and was swearing every other word. More than one person including myself told her to shut up.... in more harsh terms though.

    On the way home, it is no better, same thing you described...
     
  5. Isolde212

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    Public transportation is the crappiest. I mean literally. My friend had a crazy guy take a crap on the seat beside her on the bus. I have had extremely obese people try to sit beside me when clearly there was only enough room to fit one of her toes. I have had some punk with the stupid headphones blaring out crappy music right beside me. I have had some freaky guy check me out and just stare at me for the whole trip. But that's the price you pay for being to cheap to get a car. So I can't complain.
     
  6. Anakha1

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    Before the karma gets me...

    I have a few things I need to get off my chest. For anyone who is looking for further proof that I am a terrible, terrible person, look no further. I have compiled a selection of things I feel that I should apologize for thinking due to my overt irritability on that public transportation system to Hell: the city bus. I am a regular and frequent user of our extensive public transportation system and I sometimes find myself, well, a little bit peeved at some of the people who also frequent it. Many of you who take the bus may recognize these people, as there are always several of them every time you board. Still, I feel that I should be a stronger person and strive to better myself. I want to cease being a pessimistic, sarcastic judgmental little **** and grow and blossom into a pessimistic, sarcastic, non-judgmental **** of and for the people. So without further ado, here is my list of apologies:


    -I am sorry for thinking that the bus driver looks like Cher. I am sure Cher has all her teeth.

    -I am also sorry to my eyeballs for putting them through that ordeal.

    -I am sorry for becoming irritated at the woman who was loudly talking to herself in gibberish. I should not have been mean to someone who is so clearly bat-**** insane.

    -I am sorry for thinking that there is no way that the 300 lb. man qualifies for the disabled and elderly reserved seating just because he can’t put down the Ring Dings.

    -I am sorry for thinking mean thoughts about the guy wearing pants ten sizes too big for him, listening to rap music and talking to his friend in ‘homey-speak’. I should have given mad props to his skillz, yo.

    -I am also sorry for wanting to beat the hell out of him with a hardened piece of elephant fecal matter. Such thoughts were disrespectful to his flava.

    -I am sorry for thinking that the goth guy with the dyed black hair and approximately 30 piercings would better qualify as a coat rack than an identifiable human being. Just because he wants to dress like a total jackass in a desperate attempt to be different, just like everyone else, doesn’t give me the right to label him as such.

    -I am sorry for thinking that the brunette standing in front of me has a fantastic ass. I am sure she is a wonderful human being with a beautiful and intelligent personality. She also has a fantastic ass.

    -I am sorry for thinking that the blonde is probably a total slut. Just because she has a skirt that ends somewhere around her bellybutton and is otherwise wearing less clothing than the average porn star in minus 30 degrees C temperatures could mean that she just values style over comfort and has deep and supportive friendships with the seventeen guys following her like remora eels. I should never jump to conclusions.

    -I am sorry for looking down upon 16 year old guy sharing his various sexual conquests in explicit detail with all of his buddies in a voice suitable for directing jetliners on the airport tarmac. Just because it is natural to assume that anyone so vocal about the adventures he has had actually means that he wouldn’t know what to do with a female if he were given directions and a map, doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t take his statements at face value. Did I also mention that he substituted the words ‘female’, ‘girl’ and ‘young lady’ for the collective terms ‘ho’ and ‘*****’? Actually, y’know what? I’m not that sorry.

    -I am sorry for becoming uncomfortable when the hippie chick sat down next to me just because she smells like a combination of weed and fried chicken (vegetarian, my ass) and has more visible body hair than I do.

    -I am sorry for thinking that the bus driver learned to drive at Jim’s School of Braking Like A Whacko. Just because he loves the sound of passengers flying into the windshield at 40mph, doesn’t give me the right to judge.

    -I am sorry to the old lady who whacked me in the side with her cane and told me that the three inches of space between myself and the next person standing beside me was preventing the ten people standing outside from getting on the bus for referring to her inside my head as an “old batâ€. I had not realized how rude it was for me to not be molesting that person beside me and take full responsibility for there being so many people on the bus.

    -I am sorry to that person that I ended up inadvertently molesting in the interest of three inches. Call me!

    -I am sorry for being irritated at the three 15 year old females at the back of the laughing and cackling and talking to each other in voices loud enough to shatter glass. I am also sorry for thinking that there aren’t enough child sweat shops in the country.

    -I am sorry for judging the 3 jocks with wool hats, somber facial expressions and puffy jackets as “Fred Durst clones†and thinking that their ‘goat-ees’ remind me of a playboy model’s pubic hair.

    -I am sorry for cataloguing everyone who got on the bus in a row as “Ugly. Ugly. Ok. Ugly. Hot. Ugly. Ugly. Probably not their original gender. Ugly. Needs a haircut.†Etc. I am also sorry for thinking that the reason the media is so obsessed with advertising beauty is that society has an excessive rarity of good looking people.

    -I am sorry for thinking that the guy who sat down on the inward-facing seats with his legs stretched across the aisle and refused to move them when people walked by should have them removed at the knees.

    -I am sorry for commenting inwardly on the possible parentage and ancestral background of the person who held up the bus for 5 minutes by interrogating the bus driver on what bus would take him home when there was a goddamned bus route map for the entire city 3 feet behind him.

    -I am sorry for wishing that the sun would emit a sudden and intense ion burst that would cause the walkman belonging to the guy who was playing ‘deth metal’ at full volume to detonate his head.

    -I am NOT nor WILL EVER BE SORRY for the woman who brings her crying, whining, screaming spawn onto the bus and decides to teach them a lesson by ignoring them so that they cry and cry and cry without interruption and everyone on the bus dies a little inside. I hate you.


    Do you think that will count against me?
     
  7. Carnage-DVS

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    You are going to hell. But on the bright side, you are going to the nicer part of hell, with attractive women abound, with no kids to boot.
     
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    when sitting on a bus next to a rude or obnoxious person i usually lean over a little and pretend to let one rip....it helps if you aim in their general direction....sometimes i will even supply sound effects....then look them straight in the face, smile, pinch your nose and say "dude i just farted"
    if they don't immediately go to find another seat pick a boogy and wipe it on their pants
     
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    I went to Toronto for the first time since I was 6 to visit my gf. Im a small town norther guy. Had my first ever subway experience. The thing was packed , no room to move. I kinda stumbled and touched an elderly lady beside me, said i was sorry and then got wacked on the shin from from her cane .... hard too lol. Cant wait to move there next year.
     
  10. MixedVariety

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    .....right.
     
  11. Steve_Kow

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    As a lad who has to drive half an hour to the nearest train, and an hour and a half to get to a train that's worth riding I should mention that there are probably plenty of people who don't ride trains often enough to understand the nuances of proper public transportation etiquette. I could see myself immediately walking onto a train--I'd probably realize after I had done it that I should have waited for the other passengers to get off--but what am I going to do? Offer a public apology?
     
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    I could be wrong, but I'm sure I'm not: Anakha, give credit where it's due.
     
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    Aye, DC, in New York City almost everybody (especially during rush hour) is just like those two rude women you described above.
     
  14. Spawn of God

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    unfortunately i live in louisiana (baton rouge to be exact but no1 come looking for me) and there are barely any subways in baton rouge(if any at all) so u ride a bus or u driver (or walk). neway i guess my family is rich enough to have a car, but with gas prices rising we all know what that could end up as.
     
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    What the hell are you talking about? If you're implying what I think you're implying, you're wrong. So you better give me credit. I posted that a year ago, it's on my website. Isolde saw me write it. So by all means, try to show where else it came from.
     
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    Today has left me a happy man. I got to see an Anakha rant (even if it is old). Woo!

    This thread reminds me why I like walking to class.
     
  17. DrunkCajun

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    Nice, born in Lafayette myself.
     
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    God, that would piss me off. I hate public transportation because of things like that.
     
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    My time spent in American (mainly California) has taught me that seats on public transport are gold dust ... I don't know why but I've seen people sprint and fight for seats and then pull a stupid smug grin when they get it.

    I personally prefer to stand anyway (unless I'm going long distances)

    BTW, to make this clear I've only EVER seen this type of behaviour in California, and there I saw it repeatedly.
     
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    That's California man, I know people that have been shot at for less down there.
     

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