Taking the bus to midtown New York the other day, I noticed a couple of younger folks with their feet draped over the seats in front of me. The bus was relatively empty, but being completely engrossed in their phones, and the feet people weren’t aware that soon the extra multiple seats they were taking would soon be needed.
A week later, on the 4 train to downtown, I noticed a woman applying a full face of makeup on the train. She was quick – between the grand central and 14th Street, she was able to go from “ready” to “glam”. But the entire episode wasn’t glamorous; she was on a subway, grooming next to people who would sit in her same seat hundreds of times before the next train cleaning.
Keeping your personal space needs to a minimum in a public place seems to be the most basic of courtesies; even the NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority (@MTA) agrees!
Is it ever acceptable to lower your courtesy standard? How do you deal with people who are less than courteous where you live?
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