Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Apparently my recent article "5 RULES OF ETIQUETTE ON NYC SUBWAYS" has struck a nerve. As always, the blogging world has responded to my challenge to offer up your own pet peeves. I received dozens of them, but picked some of the best to share with you. In no particular order, here they are:

* Men who take up an extra couple of seats by opening their knees as far as anatomically possible.

* Pole leaner's! (leans on poles, even in crowded trains, while pointedly avoiding looking at people who clearly need a pole to hold onto.

* People who don't cover their mouths when they cough, sneeze, etc.

* Teenagers who snap their chewing gum like their lives depend on it.

* And then, the worst of all, nose pickers.(check out the guy behind the girl in photo to the left) I kid you not, I've seen people do this. What happened, did someone drop them on their head at birth or what?!!

* If you weigh more than 250 lbs, or 200 lbs and wear a puffy coat, do not sit between two people in a three person seating area. In fact, stand. It’s good exercise.

* Don’t do gymnastics on the poles. Get a gym membership!

* I have more friends than I can handle. Please don’t start talking to me out of nowhere. I don’t care about your life. Especially if we're riding late at night or you've been drinking.

* Unless you have a serious medical issue, give up your seat to pregnant woman. Do the same for the elderly, at the very least the ones who are having trouble standing/balancing on their own.

* Jumping in front of a subway does make you special. If no one knew you in life, no one will know you in death. The exception is the person who has to scrape you off the tracks. People will not care for you more, if anything the opposite. You are inconveniencing them. Do you really want that to be the last thing hundreds of thousands of strangers think about you. On average someone jumps once a day. Can you name any of them?

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