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The coward in me - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
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The coward in me
I had a run-in with a pissed off commuter on my way into work this morning.

I was about to get off the District line at Mile End to get a Central line train. As the train doors opened there was someone on the platform who tried to get into the train before even a single person had left the train. One of the people on the train just in front of me walked right through her.

I have to say at this point that I have been tempted to do this many times but have never had the guts.

The woman on the platform was a little pissed off... and said something to the effect of "I don't know what all the rush is, you don't need to push me out of the way." I couldn't believe she thought she was the victim in this little drama and it is that disbelief which cause the words to just tumble out of my mouth before I could even think of what I was doing...

I said "You know you *could* just wait until everyone has got off the train."

She yelled at me that there was no great rush and that she shouldn't have been pushed aside... so I said in a little stronger voice, and more slowly, "Or... you *could* just wait until everyone has got off the train."

I turned my back (my train was approaching the other platform) and walked away to her yelling that pushing is rude.

I will remind you, dear reader, that I didn't push... although I have been tempted to on many occasions.

You would have thought that to confront someone and point out their misguided indignation would be cathartic... but alas it is not. I got on my train and my hands were shaking, my stomach was in a knot and I felt physically sick. I don't have the courage to match my indignation to confront the wrongs I see in this world.

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tabby_of_doom From: tabby_of_doom Date: August 12th, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aren't there signs ON the train that tell you basically to wait your turn? Is memory serving me correctly here? What do you guys call it--hunching? Bunching? Some rugby term.

She's a self-entitled idiot. There are too many of those in this world to count, and they believe the rules (even the rules of common courtesy towards *other* people) do not apply to them. They are the kind of people who say idiot things like, "you have to earn my respect," while disrespecting everyone around them. I hate those kind of people, and I run into them far too frequently.

I'm glad you said something, but I understand why it wouldn't be a cathartic experience. The message did not receive. She still thinks she was right.

The guy should have pushed her down onto the tracks.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 21st, 2008 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Not only are there signs... but there's the station annoucer constantly droning on about "let the people off the train first"... for all the use it does!
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wan1 From: wan1 Date: August 12th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cowardly? NO!


How I agree with you. Well said.
yalith From: yalith Date: August 12th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got on my train and my hands were shaking, my stomach was in a knot and I felt physically sick. I don't have the courage to match my indignation to confront the wrongs I see in this world.

Oh, I'm much the same way. And I'll dwell on it for hours, or days, afterward, which always makes me feel as though I should have better things to dwell on. All the same, I think you handled it beautifully.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 21st, 2008 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I really dislike confrontation... and thank you :)
From: faith__eternal Date: August 12th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
She sounds like she's about 30 feet tall, green with bulging muscles, and has a deep, booming yell that could blow your eardrums. So if I were you, I'd feel the same way;p

*hugs*
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 21st, 2008 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
haha!!.. she was green! - but not quite 30ft ... (okay she wasn't green either)
seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: August 13th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I find that leading with the elbow ends any argument and makes a solid point.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 21st, 2008 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
If only I had the cojones ...
seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: August 21st, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're a good man. A very good man. And you're English.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 22nd, 2008 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
And that's one handicap too many! :)
nuala From: nuala Date: August 13th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
After having spent 4ish months now having to hop the Victoria line from Euston, as well as the Northern line (both during rush hour), I've quite gotten over my fear of being rude to people like that. I'm NOT shy about using my elbows, and I have been known to push back people who insist on piling on the train before I can even get off. I might even have been known to thrust an elbow out deliberately. I'm probably going to hell for that. Elbowing is cathartic. But only when I'm trying to get off the train and someone won't let me off.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 21st, 2008 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't worry about going to hell... that's where all the most interesting people are going to be anyway... I'd be bored stiff if I ended up in heaven! ;)
candledamachine From: candledamachine Date: August 19th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Love the tag! "I hate people"

... and why people think that boarding anything whilst people are attempting to disboard is baffling, but it's just one of the many reasons that I too- hate people.


...Not all people, and DEFINITELY not YOU!

~*Mwah!*~
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 21st, 2008 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
:D It's good to see you back me dear. I don't hate the person... but I do hate the people.


Mwah!
admiralmemo From: admiralmemo Date: August 21st, 2008 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
It's hard to forget that 50% of world has 2-digit IQs when you run into people like that.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 21st, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I try to cocoon myself with polite, intelligent sorts... but alas, there is no way to completely isolate yourself from the unwashed masses.
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