On the train today, I was sitting on the end of a bench like usual. It allows me to lean over and give fellow riders more room as the car fills up more and more from Utica Ave on.
Today, about halfway through the ride, a man in a grey suit sat down next to me. He proceeded to sit hunched over, legs spread to the point of crowding both myself and the person on the other side of him.
Anyone who knows me knows I don’t put up with that. I might have a year ago, but after seeing this behavior daily since moving here, I try to do my small part to curb it.
So I refused to move my crossed leg (so I was already taking up less room than if I’d had them flat on the floor), and the man started glancing over at me. The train would sway, and my foot would sometimes brush the ankle of his pants.
He continued to glance over at me periodically, then finally looked at me and mumbled something about ME moving MY leg.
So I looked right at him, gave him a ‘sorry, buddy, no can do’ look, and didn’t move. Five seconds later, he pulled both of his legs in slightly, giving myself and the woman next to him back just a bit of our personal space.
I’m sorry, but I feel I’m allowed at least the width of my hips as my space on the seat. I shouldn’t have to give up more than that so you can slouch and take up as much room as possible.
Moral of the story: guys, stop acting like there’s a damn SUV in your pants, sit the eff up, and stop being so inconsiderate to your fellow passengers. Especially the female ones who are ALREADY conditioned to take up less space. God damn it.