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Monday, 23 May 2011

Are there unspoken rules when taking the tube..bus or train..??


Has tube etiquette changed?
Travelling today I noticed that men will now race women to a free seat without apology.

One man actually puled the newspaper out from under me to read - without asking if it was mine or if it was okay to take it. Granted I perhaps shouldn't have been sitting on it but I hadn't noticed...until he began yanking at it that is. How about dogs on train seats? or smelly food eaten in the carriages.

One of the weirdest things I've seen is a pile of Orange peel in the middle of a seat! Who does that?

I wonder if we need to have a London Transport good etiquette guide. Quite happy to oblige Boris - or whoever else takes the reigns of governing London. Could be distributed freely - paid for out of current transport revenue.

4 comments:

  1. hahaha London Transport good etiquette guide I think we need one for sure. Some men have no manners these days for real....

    I remember when I was pregnant got on the tube one day and politely asked a young man if he could give me his seat, CHA he first looked me up and down as if to say are you really pregnant and secondly why should I give up my seat. Can you believe it the guy ignored my request and proped his Financial Times against his face again.

    Ok so I had to raise my voice before he heard me CLEARLY... really I didn't need to do that but the situation as it was had to be done!!!!

    Orange peel is nothing how about getting on at Camden town only to sit across from a drunk guy who was about to get down arrrrgggghhhh and there it was a wet patch dude had urinated on the seat YUCKKKKKKKKKK....

    I warned a few people the seat was wet but just imagine all that nastiness will dry up only for well dressed individuals to go plonk themselves there ewwww

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  2. I see the subway is no different in London, than it is in New York City.

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  3. :) yeah the underground can be danky. I once sat on a gum and that wasn't nice. But you miss it when you are abroad. remember the Australian guy who wrote an ode to the underground?

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  4. Need to check that out Chrome! I remember the title more than the content. I suspect some countries would love a london bus or tube network or two!. Tell you what Reggie - the day of the orange peel scenario two Americans got on - saw it and said.. "Man... the English are 'nasty!" I felt so ashamed!! Chilled Leo.. there was a time I used to check for 'dampness' even now if the seat feels a bit off I'll move. Wont even tell you what one guy was doing at the back when I got there.. I was so scared it like I was glued to my seat - when every pore of my being screamed get up get away!!! ( don't think he was a well man) At times you can smell all sorts. some routes have improved abit but anytime the fair goes up - I shake my head and wonder if the people 'in the driving seat' pardon the pun really use LT at all. There must be a health and safety risk. Ewwwww indeed!

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