7 People You Never Want To See On The Commute To Work
Having graduated, its time to enter the wonderful world of work. Which means embarking on the painful commute.
Chances are you’ll come across these characters that make your journey even worse.
1. The slow mover
There’s always that person who walks incredibly slowly, meandering along the platform making it impossible to pass and often have their eyes glued to some type of electronic device. Not welcome when you’re already running late.
2. The creep who won’t stop staring
As Brits, we generally tend to avoid eye contact if at all possible when using public transportation. So when someone decides to stare at you, be it in a “hey, how you doing?” kind of way or a murderous look of intent, your morning commute to work is made exponentially worse. Just look away and pretend they’re not there.
3. The runner
You almost feel sorry for them for being so distressed, that is until they unceremoniously barge past you. We’re all in a hurry, we all pressed snooze too many times this morning.
4. Anyone on the wrong side of the escalator
There are universal rules which say: when stationary on an escalator, you must stand on the right. This is to maintain order and keep the world turning peacefully. But despite all the signs there is always someone who stands on the left, has some large luggage on the left, or stands in the middle. This is only made worse by the fact that Brits would rather seethe silently rather than say “excuse me please” for fear of causing a scene.
5. The PDA pair
We’ve all used that useful phrase, “get a room”. But funnily enough you never hear anyone say “get a Tube car” – and for a good reason. We know it’s confusing, what with its sexy seats and romantic lighting, but public transportation is not the place for kissing, snuggling, foreplay, groping or any other activities between you and that special person. No one needs to see it, particularly not before breakfast.
6. The perfectly able, yet wouldn’t surrender their seat to anyone traveller
There’s always one, and they come in every shape and size. Common courtesy (and multiple signs on board) dictates that should some less-able passengers board the train, you, providing you are capable of standing until you reach your destination, should offer them your seat. Rather than celebrating this fact some unfortunately take the bitter attitude of ‘Why should I stand?’ and it’s just not very pleasant. Do the right thing people.
7. The Leaner
The carriage is full and you’re hogging everyone’s only chance of stability. It’s not okay to lean against the rails, people have to hold on to those, you know, so they don’t fall on their faces. They were not designed for your leaning pleasure – no matter how cool you think you look.
The commute is a struggle. Don’t make it worse.