5 Worst things about travelling by train
The chance to read, the fact that it's so much better than being stuck in
traffic and of course, being able to get to work in half the time it takes to
get there by car.
But, that's not to say it's all unicorns and sparkly rainbows.
In fact, considering that I've been making use of the train since 2006, I'd say that I've had a fair amount of time to observe a myriad of things that have become more than a passing irritation.
There are many things that are frustrating about making use of the train as a means of transport, but the number one on my list of things that annoy the living daylights out of me are:
People who get on the train before giving other people a chance to get off
If ever there was something that could get me into rage mode from zero to thirty seconds, then it's this. It's not rocket science, folks. People getting off at their designated stop should be given preference - you who are waiting to get in – you can always take the next train to your destination.
Not giving people a chance to disembark forces them to get off at the next stop, only to have to change platforms in order to take a train back to their original destination.
Pushing your way into the train while others are still getting off, is not just inconsiderate, but it's also BLOODY rude.
On the flipside of the coin, there's those people who don't give way when others need to get out of the carriage.
Unless the carriage is ridiculously full, it goes without saying that you should move out of the way when people are getting out. And even when the train is full, don't shuffle one or two centimetres to this side or that - get out of the train to make way for those who want to get out.
You are indirectly responsible for the people who force (aka bumrush) their way into the train.
How, you may ask? The equation works a little like this:
1. You're there in the train moving at a rate that's slower than a tortoise walking in peanut butter,
2. This causes the panicked people behind to force their way through - inevitably causing delays;
3. Combine point 1 and 2 and the result you get out of this is the frantic people outside who force their way inside, while the other passengers are still trying to get out.
People who play loud music on the train
Um, earphones were invented for a reason. Use it, because not everybody wants to listen to the same music that you do. Especially not in the morning, when most of us are grumpy, barely awake and haven't even had our first cup of coffee yet.
It's like you're begging for a punch in the face or something.
And while we're at it, if you're using headphones, why must you play it at top volume? You could just as well be playing music without it - because, here's a fact that you may have probably missed out on - WE CAN STILL HEAR your music.
Also, what is wrong with you? Do you want to go deaf?
Window seat avoiders
Ooh. My next kind of favourite people found in the train.
If, in the event, you're lucky enough to get a seat in the morning, you often find that you have to lift your legs sky high to move past them to get to the window seat.
Why can't you just move?
I know the argument here is that some of you may be getting off at the next stop, which is fair enough, but more often than not, I see people sitting down in the aisle seat right from the start.
Unless you're blind, have a bad leg, or anything that incapacitates you - and which means sitting in the aisle seat is a necessity for you - I don't see why you can't sit in the window seat. Besides, sitting there means you don't have to be near to the people who stand in the aisles, brushing and rubbing up against you.
In fact, that's why I aim for the window seat.
"Hey, your backpack is in my face."
There are many days when it's just impossible to get a seat in the train. As a result, you're forced to stand.
Now, usually, when trains are full, I often skip to avoid being squashed up against the door, but unfortunately, there are days when I get into a relatively empty train, only to have it fill up within the next two station stops.
And here is where the problem comes in. The people who often tend to get on (or are already standing when others get in), tend to have these gargantuan-sized backpacks on their backs. What's worse is that most of them don't seem to realise how much space it takes up and how inconsiderate it is towards others.
Yes, yes, yes - you paid for a spot on the train, but so did we - and you can try to help by being a little more accommodating. I understand and get the need to protect your possessions, but surely you can easily get a lock for your zips, place your bag and on the floor and trap it between your legs?
Not only will you avoid inadvertently face-smacking someone with your backpack, but you'd also be making a little more room for everyone else to breathe.
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