Thank you leather pants lady

Yesterday while riding the quiet E train, a woman who was handicapped started smoking a cigarette on the train. No one got up no one complained. The doors opened at 71st Continental Avenue, some of the smoke exited the car. A few minutes later, she started smoking another cigarette. Again, no one complained, a lot of heads turned, but that was it.

She was in violation of the MTA NYC Transit code – Disorderly Conduct would have been the charge she could suffer.

This evening on the Queens bound F train, a woman had placed a giant shopping bag on the seat next to hers. I wanted to sit on this seat – even though there were other empty spots. So I squeezed on, having a portion of my behind take up a tiny bit space that remained empty on the chair. The woman proceeded to remove the shopping bag and got up.

“Thank you,” I said to her. “You’re welcome,” she responded with some bitterness in her voice.

Nice leather pants by the way, lady.

7 Comments so far

  1. Melissa (nyc_melissa) on August 18th, 2008 @ 12:37 am

    Nothing like subway etiquette! Not too long ago, I sat down in a seat where a girl had placed her shopping bag. When she finally realized that she should move it to give me some more room, her coffee spilled all over me. Luckily, my skirt didn’t stain. You’d think people understoond that they’re not the only ones on the train.

  2. girl86 on August 18th, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

    What made that seat so special? I’m sorry, but unless that seat was the closest to the door AND you were getting off relatively soon AND there were no empty seats that were two or more adjacent, then what you did was rude, imo (unless you were handicapped/elderly and going for a handicapped seat). Now mind you, I tend not to sit next to any doors and wait to see if anyone else is going to take a seat before I take one on BART (I work in San Francisco), but it annoys the hell out of me when I take a seat only to have someone expect for me to then put my tote bag (which is usually filled with stuff from work) on the ground which is usually stained with unknown fluids (carpeted floors wasn’t their best idea when making the trains) and have it stuffed in between my legs and the seat in front of me (the seats are divided into two sets of two seats facing forward or backward, one on either side of the aisle, with very little leg room) or on my lap, meaning that they then are annoyed when I can’t keep my elbows tucked in front of me, thereby giving them less room to spread out. Now I know that the set up on the NYC subway trains are different (I’ve been on them), but the unknown liquids staining the floor and lack of personal space must still exist. If there is an alternative in which no one will be inconvenienced, except you having to take a few more steps and not getting the exact seat you initially wanted, then you should be a decent human and choose the alternative, instead of being so selfish.

  3. dhaval mehta (dhaval) on August 18th, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

    girl 86,

    i understand what you’re saying. but i like choosing my own seats. occupying more than 1 seat is against the MTA code. rudeness and emotions have nothing to do with anything. i want to sit where i feel comfortable.

    what more can i say except – take your limo the next time you have so many issues with being on the train.

  4. Kathleen (kathleen) on August 18th, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

    People should put their bags in their laps when they are seated on the train. The seat is for people to sit in, not for their stuff.

    And I can’t believe nobody said anything to the smoker! Maybe the riders were all secret smokers who miss being able to smoke in bars, or something.

  5. blainezuver on August 21st, 2008 @ 9:33 pm


    You are lucky you didn’t get knifed ! Don’t play head games with people on the subway – many of them are not normal. If you are able bodied you should stand and let women, children, handicapped and old people take the seats.

    As far as the smoking, again, best you stay out of it. Probably nothing will get done about it because NYC police have more important things to deal with – like murders and robberies.

  6. dhaval mehta (dhaval) on August 21st, 2008 @ 10:31 pm


    How many times have you been knifed?

  7. blainezuver on August 22nd, 2008 @ 3:23 am

    Did somebody edit my previous comment ?

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