Basically if you don’t take public transportation…mainly the bus…you may not sympathize with my situation. The situation that is the full on bus etiquette war I'm in with another woman at my bus stop.
So every form of public transportation has it's "rules" and things that people just know about and obey. You get away with not knowing things maybe your first/second time around. After that - no chance underpants. Such things may include (but are not limited to):
- No speakers (ie cell phones, boom boxes, video games, etc.)
- Not sitting directly on top of another person (if and only if there are no other seats available)
- Elderly, disabled, pregnant people allll get first dibs on seats
- When going on the escalator down to your train, you stand to the right and run to the left (might change depending on the city)
Now those are just a few…however my BIGGEST rule is how you get onto said transportation. Now in NYC, at a bus stop, there is typically some sort of line. The first person stands wherever and then everyone else that arrives stands behind them. Now of course there are times where it's more of a "cluster", in these situations, you normally have an idea of who came when and everyone files in accordingly.
There is this woman at my stop every morning and seriously - we're in a huge fight. First let me explain her. She looks like she has no idea where she is and doesn't know anything, but don't let that fool you - she knows exactly what she's doing! She always is wearing a longer trench coat. And my favorite part is her head gear. I can't even describe. She has one hat that kinda looks like this (yes it has fur, too):
However, most of the time she wears a scarf around her head, ties it under her chin, and puts a Yankees bucket hat on top. What?! Not necessary. It doesn't even add warmth!!
Now the fights…every day she comes sweeping in on the corner and pretends to not see the 10 other people standing in line. She cuts to the front EVER SINGLE TIME!! So the first few times I let her get away with it, now my friend it's on. Every day we're in a war/battle.
I now can track the bus on my phone, so when it starts getting close, I position myself to be in front (not cut necessarily, just be in front to box her out). This morning I shoved myself in front of her, however there was an older woman to my side with a cane, so I obvi let her go ahead of me, she was livid! Mainly because I almost pushed her over.
Another time I just pretended I didn't see her "merging" into the line, and I just stayed really close to the guy in front of me not letting her in, she was soooo pissed off. My blood literally boils when I see her.
She's not going to get me - not if I can help it! I don’t even want her seat, I go to the back of the bus (she sits in the front), but it's just the principle of the thing!
It's officially on biotch…it's on…game over for you and your stupid hat!