A shared annoyance
Hands up who finds commuting in London just a tad annoying at times? …
I’m glad I’m not the only one. Even if you drive to work in London you must find traffic an annoyance?
Now I don’t want to moan too much about this subject but when you experience it five days a week, you do end up thinking “what the hell”? Now I’m not just talking about late trains or lack thereof but the behaviour of fellow commuters can really drive me up the wall. But the thing is, I reckon that if you were to read the minds of other people they’d probably think that what you are doing is the annoying thing!
The bad habits
So let’s delve into the bad commuting habits that I experience and the simply things that can be done to stop it. These are not all of the bad habits I see but they are most common.
People leaning on poles
There is no order to this list, however, this is number 1 for sure. What is it with people leaning on the poles in the middle of trains? This is so common it is ridiculous. I’m talking about the poles in the middle of a train carriage where the doors are. They are there for people to hold on to, we are all in agreement on that. So why is it that during rush hour when more people are getting on the train at each station, some people decide to lean up against the pole or in worse scenarios hug the pole as if its comfort blanket! This stops four or five other people holding onto it because of one idiotic person who thinks the pole is there chill out area. I use the London Overground and this happens so much. It forces people to reach up for the high railings, which can be difficult for shorter people.
Solution: People stop being selfish and more aware of the purpose for the pole.
Bags on shoulders
Fairly simple to explain. When you are trying to squeeze onto a train why do some people insist on keeping their rucksack or giant handbag over their shoulder? In such a tight space you obviously would prefer to not get pushed up against another person but you especially do not expect to be up against someone’s rucksack or handbag. Some people with the bags on may even give you daggers looks! Why are you looking at me as if I’m the one who’s causing your precious bag to get squished on a packed train?
Solution: Take your bag off your shoulder and hold them in your hand. It’ll only be for a few stops or in my case one! The bag on the shoulder could be another person getting on the train.
This is something unique to where I travel. At Canada Water and Canary Wharf commuters queue on the platform in an orderly line waiting for the next train. At this end of the Jubilee Line, there is a barrier at the edge of the platform with doors lined up to where the train doors will be. 99% of the time people queue normally with no problems. However, there have been a few occasions when a few young people don’t seem to give two hoots about this. They just push in front when the train arrives and it’s so obvious because everyone else is in an orderly line. Someone actually stopped one of the queue jumpers from getting on the train. The teenager was trying to push in but was being held back by one of the guys queuing. I was cheering inside. Two French guys also pushed in behind me recently. I was the next person on when the train arrived. They pushed in the queue and decided to try and step in front of me. I wasn’t having that so I put my foot in front of them to get on first and they pushed on behind having the audacity to shout out can everyone please move down when they were the ass-holes pushing everyone.
Solution: Don’t jump queues, it’s just damn rude.
Rubbing Oyster cards on the reader
There is no need to rub oyster cards on the reader. Placing it down for 1-2 seconds is enough for the light to go green. Rubbing it makes it more difficult for the reader to pick up. It can go green but immediately goes red too because it’s picking up the card twice. The reader is not a magic lamp where a genie will pop out and open the barrier.
Solution: Place or tap (as it says) your oyster card on the reader. If it doesn’t work take it off and place again or try the reader. No magic rubbing required.
I feel a little better for having a moan about a few annoying commuter habits. I won’t write anymore otherwise, this post will become an essay. Moral of the story is, think a bit more about what you are doing during your commute. Having thought for others is still necessary, even when commuting.
Do you agree with any of the commuting habits that annoy me?
What do you find most annoying about other people whilst you are travelling?
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