Thursday, October 1, 2015

How to behave on a GO train for WE Day


Group of 9 or so teenage girls (with 2 parent 'supervisors') boarded the train in Whitby (6:33). Have been full volume the whole way, non-stop selfie taking, often with a selfie stick impeding people's access, feet & bags on seats, sitting on the floors to use the seats to play cards on, music blaring from phones, full volume singing.... OMG its toooo early for this! - Adults have made zero attempt to control anything, talking to each other & posing in the pics. They did stop the kids from coming up to the quiet zone, but with their yelling & laughing & singing, on the half level, really didn't make a difference.


Sit still. Don't be a seat hog. Keep your feet on the floor and just be respectful of others.


Bicky said...

From the email from GO I received yesterday: "With many new, excited riders taking GO Transit to WE Day events at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday, October 1st, trains, buses, and stations may be busier and louder than usual. We'd like to thank our regular riders for their patience and ask that you please give yourself extra travel time on Thursday." [emphasis added]

I think that's code for the Quiet Zone may be non-existent on some trains.

C.J. Smith said...

Pffft... doesn't mean it's carte blanche to be a bunch of asses

Anonymous said...

All the kids went to the QZ in the car I was in this morning. Kids just seem to be naturally drawn to the upper level, and they're not observant enough to notice the "Quiet Zone" signs. It's fruitless to intervene; a quad full of kids "trying" to be quiet is arguably more annoying than just letting them do their thing. My solution: earbuds in and volume up.

Nora1968 said...

Something told me to take an earlier train this morning - glad I did.

On a different note, I just don't get why kids who are old enough to be attending WE Day in the first place are so hopelessly lacking in basic "how to act in public" skills. I get that kids love the train (especially those who don't usually take it but let me tell you - my son is a rare train traveler and when he does, he also likes the upper section (it's never rush hour, no QZ issues). But I've travelled many times with him and his friends and never once did I have to settle them down or remind them where they were.

I'll be on the 4:25 pm train tonight. Not sure what time the WE event comes to an end, but hopefully this isn't the train that will be ferrying the group the LW experienced back to Whitby...

Anonymous said...

There were about a half dozen of us "regulars" sitting surrounding these students. The teacher and volunteer found it better to sit in a quad by themselves chatting about their summer vacation, recent conference in Vancouver (with her family accompanying her) or talking on the phone all the while while ignoring the students' loud behavior, feet on seats, blaring phones, etc. The volunteer's own daughter alternated between standing in the aisle braiding another girl's hair and sitting in her lap making it 5 to the quad.

TomW said...

" I just don't get why kids who are old enough to be attending WE Day in the first place are so hopelessly lacking in basic 'how to act in public' skills"

Damn straight.

Anonymous said...

Problem solved:

Tal Hartsfeld said...

Surprisingly enough, the scenario in the first photo ("How NOT To...") seems to be quite the norm most anywhere anymore.
It could have just as easily been in a public library setting as well.
Definitely Starbucks or most fast-food places.