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Subway Etiquette

Do live in one of the many cities that have subways? These include: Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Baltimore, Miami, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, and more…

Well, if you do, there are some rules a civilized man must follow.

1) Let people get off first

Almost everyday I see assholes, male and female, pushing past people trying to get on the subway.

2) Don’t block the door

There is always that big guy, standing right in front of the door. He might as well wear a sign on his forehead that says “I’m an asshole”. So, don’t be that guy.

3) Don’t stare

Most people are probably guilty of this one… it is impolite to stare. You might be staring at the hot chick, or the ugliest person you’ve ever seen… but either way it is rude.

4) Give up your seat if someone needs it

It is absolutely astounding how often you see an elderly or disabled person get on a subway and nobody moves their fat ass to give this person a seat. When I was young, my Father drilled this rule into my head. He even encouraged me to give up my seat to any women who might want it, so for a while I stopped even bothering to sit down! Anyway, if an elderly person steps on to the train, you should be the first person to stand up and offer your seat.

5) Keep your music to yourself

Be it an ipod, iphone, walkman, nintendo, psp, whatever… keep it to yourself. Nobody around you wants to hear your music or your video game. They especially don’t want to hear you singing along…

If you just walk into most cleaner/tailor shops, they will tell you to try on the pants, the man or woman will pull the back of the leg down to meet the sole of you shoe, put in a pin or make a chalk mark, and be done with it.

About the author

Jamie is the Founder of The Dude Society and a New York City based web designer & developer. He really likes telling people how to think, act, and dress.

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3 Responses to “Subway Etiquette”

  1. I'm moving to NYC this fall, this was great advice. I'll make sure to apply it :)

  2. @MicheG says:

    what about take off your backpack if standing? that takes up the room of an entire person!

  3. Jessica says:

    I hate when a guy will stand in front of me while I am sitting and actually face me while holding the bar above me. I understand the train may be packed but please please please turn sideways so I'm not looking directly at your package. It's very rare a woman wants penis all up in her face and I can tell you none of those rare occasions fall under random day on subway.

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