|I'm afraid it's critical|
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin... One cold, dark December morning a girl is waiting, alone, at a bus stop, a good ten minutes before it's due. Slowly the bus stop becomes busier as the bus is set to arrive. Appearing in the distance, the girl flags it down, it pulls into the stop... and the other 5 passengers barge past her to pluck the last few remaining seats. She really can't face standing for the whole the 45 minute journey so looks around the upper deck... BINGO! One passenger has positioned himself on the outside seat, but when the girls asks if she can sit down (being sure to include a polite smile and a please) she is scowled and sighed at as the chap begrudgingly swivels his behind in the seat so she has to trip over his knees to squeeze by...
And that was my journey to work today. I quite often encounter rudeness on public transport in London and it is one of my biggest bugbears. I have watched a pregnant woman stand in a crowded tube train, whilst many able bodied, nimble folk hog the seats (I hasten to add I was also standing, else my buttocks would swiftly have been peeled from the plush moquette seat). I've seen an old man slip over in a train station ticket hall and be stepped over by bustling commuters (Luckily the ticket hall staff and I were quickly on hand to help, fortunately he was OK) .... and if I had a pound for the number of times I have opened doors for folk, watched the world and its son walk through and not heard one "thank you" I would be a millionaire! On the flip side, whilst struggling with shopping bags a number of doors have been left to slam shut in my face as the person in front toddles away... so much for karma?
Gentlemen, please do not think I am attacking you, I do understand why you Blokes may no longer flamboyantly open doors. Woman have harped on for so long about equality and I fear Men are afraid a Lady will turn on them if they pull out a chair... "How dare you presume I am too weak to recline on my own?!" I am happy to open doors for Men and Women alike... as that's good manners... and good manners is what I have noticed is in short supply...
The general ignorance and rudeness of some folk disgruntles me. And it's not just the young (who I feel get an unfair telling off sometimes) Rudeness spreads across all ages.
We all need a chivalry makeover, Men and Women, Young and Old alike. Just a little human compassion, manners and awareness of those around us would make the world, and public transport, a happier place... Or am I becoming a Grumpy Old Woman?
Please, do tell