Monday, November 24, 2008

The Pregnant Straphanger - seat stealing and seat hogging = NOT COOL!

I’ve totally jinxed myself. No one has offered me a seat since those back to back days the other week. In fact, people have gotten assy! Last week I was on the 4/5 going to work or the doctor’s office, I can’t remember. Someone got out of their seat and I was moving over to take it when this lady zipped from across the train and totally stole it from me. I can’t help if I move slowly these days. I was super pissed so I said to her, “nice to steal a seat from a pregnant lady” but unfortunately she had headphones in her ears. So I said it a second time, but I doubt she heard that, too.

P.S. Don’t let her looks deceive you – she was not elderly, she was just a hag.

On the A train portion of the ride home on Friday, I did something I normally wouldn’t do and wedged myself into a seat that was barely roomy enough for a toddler. It was the end of the work week and I was tired and wanted to sit. I shimmied my way in and it wasn’t the most comfortable for me or my seat mates, sorry guys. The woman to the left of me was normal sized so she was inconvenienced less, but the guy to my right was large. Also he was taking up half of the middle seat as there was a giant suitcase to his left right (whoops, baby brains!). I tried to make myself as small as possible.

I figured this luggage belonged either to him or to the person closer to the aisle in the 2 seater perpendicular to the 3 seater we were seated in because they were the two closest people to it. But then the guy next to me got up for his stop and the luggage stayed. After that the lady in the two seater got up for her stop and the luggage didn’t move. The suitcase belonged to the guy in the window seat! Four people had to sit awkwardly while he stretched out his legs. His idiocy was bothering everyone in the section except for him! What an ASS! So at this point the lady to my left is still there, but now there’s a woman to the right of me. A burlyish man gets on and sits in the aisle seat. After 10 seconds, he pushes the suitcase a couple inches from him, while asking the woman to the right if it belonged to her. When she tells him no, he pushed it a couple more inches away at which point suitcase owner man tells him not to push his suitcase. This sets off burly man, who decided to be tough guy and starting yelling about this being his train and if suitcase guy didn’t like it, he could get off. Suitcase guy’s defense was that he paid $2, which burly tough guy was not buying and there was some more back and forth. Mind you, suitcase guy was also tiny! When I first heard his voice I thought he was an elderly woman. Even though I could tell he was annoying, I was on burly tough guy’s side until he decided to be condescending and asked suitcase guy if he understood, in the language he assumed was suitcase guy’s native tongue. So exhausting.

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Blogger jamie said...

you can't even make this stuff up. as relatively young male i have no issue with standing 90% of the time on my commute, and i'm constantly amazed at the behavior of fellow passengers. the seat vultures are a favorite subculture, though they tend to get elbowy and i can't stand it when they rush through the opening doors before people have a chance to get off. i wish them ill. i also have it in for the "taking up more than one seat with legs/bags/puffy jackets" group. i always silently root for someone to sit next to them and maximize their discomfort.

November 24, 2008 3:27 PM  
Blogger youthlarge said...

where to start? what i do love about folks who rush through the doors before letting people off is how they think you're clearing the way for them when the train doors happen to stop in front of you and you move over as to not block the path.

November 24, 2008 3:52 PM  
Blogger Listmaker said...

love the use of pictures.

November 24, 2008 5:13 PM  

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