Wednesday, July 10, 2013

So this showed up on the Kitchener line today

On Monday, before the Great GO Flood of 2013 hit the system, I was on the 4:53 pm LSE express listening to the door donkeys natter on about the Quiet Zone roll-out across all GO corridors.

Keep in mind, these are adults. These are also adults that have been asked several times over the years by other passengers to keep their voices down during the ride home - myself included. There are two crowds of door donkeys, the bar crowd and the party crowd. The bar crowd rides in one coach and the party crowd rides in another. I split my time between the two coaches to ensure I'm gracing them with my presence equally.  

These, cough, adults, cough (one of them is apparently a lawyer at a big Bay Street firm) go out of their way to be obnoxious on purpose to rattle those of us who have confronted them. I sit where I sit to demonstrate I could give zero shits about what they think about me. 

Monday, one donkey decided to read aloud to the whole train the article in the evening paper about the Quiet Zone roll-out and offered commentary as he went. If he thought he was being funny, he wasn't.

Of course, like the good ol' days in high school, his door donkey friends laughed and slapped him on the back because he's just awesome like that. Then they kicked it up into high gear and began plotting how they would thwart any attempt at a Quiet Zone on the 4:53 LSE train.

These people are also parents. It really makes you wonder what kind of role models they are to their own children and the kind of advice they dish out.

These door donkeys have probably bred a whole new generation of foot riders, stair pigs, triple Ds and bag riders. Children who show the finger to drivers turning on green lights as they run across a clearly marked red one. Children who feel entitled to behave badly because no one taught them what it means to be courteous and respectful towards others.

So it's great the Quiet Zone has made its way to other corridors but unless GO makes attempts to "police" it, those big window stickers are a big waste of money.


Alicia said...

I agree that if you're not actually going to enforce the rules, then plastering the train in stickers and signs is just a big waste of money that could be better spent on other things.

I also have to agree with comments on other posts re: the fact that the quiet zone rules will mean nothing to the people who aren't quiet in the first place. They're not courteous enough to know that they ought to keep it down, so I doubt they'll pay any attention to the signs.

In the meantime, I'm going to switch cars on the morning LSE express because I can't take another morning of a quad of 20-year-olds singing TV theme songs and half-yelling to each other about the One Direction concert. Today as people were exiting one of them actually said to the rest of the group "Everyone here hates us." You're probably right. And yet, you just keep doing what you're doing, because eff everyone else, right? Cool.

At the risk of sounding like my grandparents shooing people off my lawn, whatever happened to manners? Seriously. /rant

Squiggles said...

And to think, those asses will be the first to complain when the kid is arrested. Probably saying it was the other guy's fault. Why take responsibilities for your actions, let alone your kids?

I do like the idea of Quiet Zones, especially going home at night. By that time of the day, all I want is to sit in peace and quiet and de-stress.

My commute in the morning is pretty good, people are mainly quiet. But then again, it is 6.30 am. And if it let's me lash out at the idiot woman with a techno ring tone that takes her the entire min. to get it out of her bag, stare at it, decide to answer it - EVERY MORNING, then so be it. I think she has a kid calling. And when it calls at the same time every morning, you would think she would be prepared to answer it, n'est-ce pas?

Anonymous said...

CSAs have the power to cancel the quiet zone at any time now. Which is good.

Unknown said...

Door Donkey's is too nice a name for them. Can we commence calling them "Door Douche Bags" or "Door f*cktards" or similar?

Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to launch of the Quiet Zone on my line starting July 15. I might just even have a sign to no,d up like at golf tournaments 'Shhhhhhhh' / 'Be Quiet' or something else not so polite.

Fusk said...

Stories and comments like this is why I love this site so much! I feel like we're all secretly related.

C.J. Smith said...

We probably are.

Anonymous said...

It's times like this that I miss taking the train in Japan. Talking on cellphones on trains and buses is a no-no (a friend learned that lesson the hard way!). There's even a 'manners' button on one's phone to turn off all sounds. And when Japanese have conversations amongst themselves while on a train, they don't shout at the top of their lungs because they might bother a fellow passenger!

I would like the quiet zone to work, but as others have mentioned, unless it's enforce, it's meaningless.

C.J. Smith said...

It's a damn share adults can't govern themselves accordingly, isn't it?

calvinhc said...

"Children who show the finger to drivers turning on green lights as they run across a clearly marked red one."

Statistically, evolution has a way of eventually taking care of this.