My idea of proper etiquette while taking public transportation

By on September 1, 2011

By: Lauren Brunetti
Alright, as some of you know I have to take the subway into Toronto every morning for work. From where I live this means that I am one lucky girl and get to spend a whopping hour and half every day on this wonderful mode of public transportation (please tell me that you can catch onto my sarcasm…). Let me start by saying that I HATE the subway – anyone who knows me the slightest bit knows how I feel about this. It literally gives me anxiety – maybe even a border line panic attack.

Over the past week I did some “people watching” and accumulated the following rules for proper etiquette on the subway system.
subway-car-interiorRule #1: Do not under any circumstance read over the shoulder of the person sitting beside you. Grab your own newspaper! The Metro is free, so you have no excuses for being cheap. Not only is it rude to do this but a tad creepy when you can feel two sets of eyes on you…especially if you are a girl and a guy is the one reading over you. Just a note to all men, young or old, you look like a creep!

Rule #2: Do not blast the volume on your iPod. I don’t care if you are listening to House, Top 40 or Rap, no one wants to hear the music you are blasting on your iPod, especially in the morning for goodness sakes! Some people are still trying to wake up and don’t need to do it by being forced to listen to the music you think is amazing – so amazing in fact that you feel the need to broadcast it the rest of the world.

Rule #3: When an elderly person is standing in front of you while you are sitting and no other seats are available, offer him/her your seat. If you are lucky enough to score a seat this doesn’t mean you are glued to it at all times. HELLO! Don’t be selfish.

Rule #4: When you sneeze hold your hand up to your mouth. Don’t use the habit of leaning to one side….because lets face it, whatever comes out of your nose/mouth lands on the person sitting BESIDE you. Gross!

What irritates you while taking the subway? Feel free to comment!


  1. fl0werb0mb

    September 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    hahahahah i always read what other people are reading!

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