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Chivalry is Dead

The bus was crowded today.

I had to stand up the whole way, next to this college guy. He was sitting down on the aisle seat and had his bag on the window seat. He didn't move to let me sit down, or any of the people around who were also standing.

Not only that, but he had the hide to glare at me whenever the wildly fluctuating bus caused me to bump him. Like it was MY fault.

He actually glared at me, like I was the one being rude.

I mean... what the hell? I was clearly having trouble keeping myself steady, and he's just sitting there, taking up two seats and giving the impression that I'M rude because I bump him.

Never mind chivalry. Even common courtest is in cardiac arrest.

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inhumelesnt
May. 9th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
What an arrogant boy. Not even I would glare at someone whom I'd just had the satisfaction of not letting sit down.
katiefoolery
May. 9th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
Next time, just move over to the seat and sit down. If he moves his bag, that's all well and good. If he doesn't, then suffer, you nasty, selfish little bastard-boy.

I hate people who do that. Yes, I like to have a seat to myself, but not when there are people standing up. This is what's wrong with the world: everyone's in it for themselves. What's wrong with being nice, for heaven's sake?

And I shall end this rant.... here.
cat_eyes_el
May. 9th, 2006 07:27 am (UTC)
I feel so bad when people are still standing and I've got two seats. Although with the size of my bag it's often really hard to get it either at my feet, on me or at least somewhere out of the way, but if my bag is light it's definately out of the way!
kangaruth
May. 9th, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)
You should have asked him to move. Swiss people are really bad for that - they'll sit in the aisle seat with the window seat empty and not move unless you ask them to, even if there's a 90 year old woman standing next to them. Which is weird, because in every other respect they're normally really polite.

My bus was stupidly crowded today, and I got a tirade of incomprehensible French for letting my bag rest against some woman's arm. I wasn't happy. Luckily, I don't know the French for "shut up you stupid woman, can't you see how crowded the bus is. It's not like I'm deliberately trying to hurt you!", so I mumbled "desole" and moved my rucksack.
tangledtale
May. 9th, 2006 08:44 am (UTC)
I wonder if he had to pay two tickets for both himself and the bag. It stands to reason that if he's going to occupy two seats then he should have to pay for the extra one. I cannot believe that guy. And please, who glares at people when they bump into you on crowded public transport? It happens! He should have just ignored the bumping or smiled in a way that would communicate your mutual chagrin at the lack of space, but he'd probably need better social skills before he can qualify for the latter. Idjit.
cat_eyes_el
May. 9th, 2006 10:51 am (UTC)
Don't say that. You're so going to make me pay for three tickets for myself, my school bag the size of a youngish child and my bari sax the size of actually quite a large child, aren't you?

Mind you, the baris NEVER going on the bus... train fine, bus bad.
blindmouse
May. 9th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
And you didn't thwack him with your bag? I'm disappointed, Kayt.

Well, OK, so I wouldn't have either - except in elaborate fantasies inside my head - but please tell me you at least glared back at him? Or raised your eyebrows in a superior sort of way? Although I'll admit, that can be difficult when you're practically falling into somebody's lap...
minnn
May. 9th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
God, what a wanker. Next time just very loudly ask a person to move their bag - they'll usually be too embarrassed to say no, if you say it loud enough :P if they refuse, ask them if it's because they have a bomb in their bag, and see how quickly they move it. No one wants to be implied of terrorism these days :P
I wonder if you'll come across that wanker again though...*tries to think of a way to get him back* ?

Yeah, chivalry is screwed in some men's minds. They probably think it's giving us our saught-after 'women's rights'. Idiots. It's not even chivalry. It's common courtesy. BAH.
tim_of_oz
May. 10th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
In Melbourne, someone bought a ticket for their dog, and expected to be able to let their dog sit on the seat. There was an MX debate about it.
I don't know how that was particularly relevant, but it was about public transport and seating.

I hold doors open for girls most of the time. If that makes you feel better!
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