|OC Transpo? OC trans-no|
|Written by Kyle Kipp|
|Thursday, 08 December 2011|
A look at the interesting, sometimes aggravating world of public transportation etiquette
For some people, traffic congestion is the main downside of commuting to school.
For me, itís people congestion.
When you leave for the bus stop in the morning, itís obvious that your first priority is reaching your destination.
What isnít certain is that there will be a spot for you on the bus. You may need to make your own.
If you ask me, itís acceptable to be a bit pushy or to invade a strangerís personal space when it comes to getting yourself on the bus. The reason this is OK is because you are aware of your actions and you have a fair reasonóoften enough, thereís room for you to stand at the end of the bus, but people are in the way.
I encounter a majority of these problematic passengers on OC Transpoís route 95, which I take twice a day during the week in order to make my way to and from the college. Local buses arenít free of those issues, but theyíre a little more reasonable than the mainstream routes.
Iíve run into so many situations that Iím now able to classify themóalong with the people causing themóinto three primary categories. Itís like stereotyping for passengers.
First, Iím at the stop and the bus arrives. As I look through the window, I can see a few empty seats near the back, yet I canít get there because candidate number one is standing in the way. Letís call him Alfred.
Heís not even preoccupied. Heís blatantly standing in the way of the lineup of people who are trying to get to those seats, completely zoned out. Now, donít get me wrong, youíre allowed to zone out. Just please, be sure to get out of the way. Come on.
Next, we have candidate number two. Letís call her Sarah. Iíve finally made my way to the back by now, and Iíve even found a spot to sit, but Sarah has so many bags and accessories that most of the seat is covered.
She has a backpack, a purse, a gym bag, some books and an umbrella. This candidate is usually aware that sheís taking up too much space, and she feels really bad about it, but sheís still there.
Please, Sarah, buy yourself a car, get a locker, or find an alternative that works for youóanything but the bus.
Lastly, we have Doug, our final candidate.
Iíve somehow found two seats to myself and Iím ecstatic because I have the window seat. It gives me a bit of privacy, I can read my book and I can dictate how much space I want to takeóthatís until some guy named Doug gets on at the downtown stop.
Itís quite apparent that this individual doesnít have any earphones and doesnít care to get himself a new pair, because heís playing loud, mainstream music from his cellphoneís speaker, which is conveniently placed in his pocket.
Doug, either go to Future Shop and get some buds or make your way to a bar. Weíre on the bus here; normal people donít play music out loud.
Overall, these three candidates make for a scary combination. But what I fear the most is that theyíre unavoidable. All you can do is cross your fingers and hope you donít run into them, or ready yourself so you arenít bothered.
Bus etiquette is clearly not a widespread phenomenonóJohn, Sarah and Doug are living proof.
|< Prev||Next >|