Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Are you sitting down? Good. What I'm about to tell you might shock you. Guess what? You're NOT the most important person on the train

I know it's hard to hear this when you've been led to believe for your whole life that you are more important than anyone else, especially any person with mobility issues.

JW writes:

Back Story: 2 weeks ago, I messed up my knee (ice is evils I tells ya!). 1 week ago the Dr. put me on crutches.  I have mostly worked from home, but I am into a busy point and need to be in the office more.

The rant is this: why do people, even when seeing the crutch, feel free to push ahead to get on the accessibility coach and the elevators?  Last week a CSA had to tell 2 women twice to wait and let me on the elevator first.

This week, a very nice woman has made certain I get on the elevator when we arrive at Union (she also makes certain a visually-impaired gentleman with a service dog gets on the elevator as well).  Then held me up because others jammed on and pushed me over!

There are nice considerate people.  But more and more, there are so many that are just rude and pushy and very self-important.  Even some of the CSAs are not telling people to wait while those of us are trying to get on.  In the mornings there is myself and a gentleman with a cane.  Unless the train stops directly in front of where I or he is standing, people will force their way onto the train.  I have seen the carnage.

Basically, people need to know that those with mobility implements are not using them because they want to (believe me, I am hoping I can ditch it after the Dr. appt on Friday).  We are slower and hurt and can't dodge and weave like everyone else. Some common decency goes a long way to making our day a little nicer.


Bicky said...

Sometimes people suck.

Unknown said...

I too want to know why people feel so entitled to do the things they do on public transit or at transit stations.

Sorry not sorry but your bag doesn't deserve it's own seat nor do your feet.
Sorry not sorry but there are plenty of seats available so you don't need to be standing at Long Branch for Union (by the way, lots of people get off at that station so the train has to be there awhile. Also, if your concern is running late, maybe leave earlier).
Sorry not sorry but your body/property shouldn't block doorways, aisles, or stairs.
Sorry not sorry but people with disabilities, etc exist and need seats or access to elevators first. Give up your seat. And don't shove them.
Sorry not sorry you chose to take up smoking not I, so take that shit to the parking lots not right under a clearly marked no smoking sign or to the farthest point of the platform (your not fooling anyone). The signs apply to the whole platform not just where they are located.
Sorry not sorry keep your volume down on your music devices etc, people should not be able to hear anything over your headphones.

I think I covered everything. I didn't touch on the quiet zone because people can get militant about it. But in general keep your volume down on every level of the train but in the quiet zone especially and just keep conversations (phone or in person) to a minimum. But it doesn't need to be as quiet as a graveyard.

Anonymous said...

Too be honest, being crippled isnt a privilege. Especially just an injury , and comparing your rights to someone who is permanently handicapped or born with something wrong, really shows how selfish and uneducated you are. You are temporarily on crutches, yet you want to be treated like someone who has been suffering their entire life.

I have been in a wheelchair my entire life and people like you are making things worse. We don't want special attention.. Get out of the way and be considerate for people trying to get to work. If you are crippled you should go last so everyone on the train isn't late. Why do you get first priority.

Take your privilege and shove it. Be respectful and understand, that you being slow is messing up the commute.

You will never understand the pain, and your selfish thoughts show that you are just like the people you are complaining about. Next time think before opening your mouth.

Grow up, you have working legs

Unknown said...

Wow... Did Anonymous just say that? Does it matter if your impediment is permanent or temporary?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous is just bitter.

I am the writer and I have been on and off crutches for various injuries for over 20 years.

I am in pain every day. EVERY DAY! I deal with it. I see various therapists to maintain my mobility. I take my time and wait for the way to be clear.

But there was frustration here. I had it with people pushing me around. All that I was asking for was a little common courtesy to be shown to both myself and all the others that are in similar positions - yourself included.

When I am not on my crutch, I wait my turn. I go last because I know I am slow and don't want to slow up other people.

So, until you know the whole story, please keep your bitterness to yourself.
And I really should learn to not feed the trolls.