February 18, 2019
People who take public transport know that it is part of train etiquette not to take up unnecessary space so that more passengers can have a seat. However, one woman on a New Jersey train chose to ignore this rule.
The woman was sitting down in the car with her bag on the seat next to her. Her fellow passengers asked her to move the bag so that the seat can be used for someone to sit on, but she refused.
How she did this was arrogant, and the reasons she gave for not moving her bag was that she does not want other people’s “smell” and “bedbugs” near her body.
A fellow passenger filmed the incident and it has since gone viral on YouTube with over 98000 views and hundreds of comments.
In the video the woman is seated next to a male passenger, who she looks at rudely before putting her bag on his leg several times, thereby taking up space.
Many argue that she should have kept her bag on her lap. The man alerts her to the fact that the train they are traveling on is a delayed one and that she is holding people up even further with her behavior.
The conductor eventually intervened, but he had no success in getting the woman to allow another passenger to sit next to her. At the next stop, the transit police made her leave the train.
The New Jersey woman is not the only one to be apprehended by authorities due to her behavior on public transport. One woman is wanted by the British police for threatening to stab passengers on the tube.
In July last year, a mother boarded the tube with her one-year-old baby at Bank station. The baby accidentally kicked a female passenger who retaliated by threatening both of them with a knife.
Luckily other passengers intervened and protected the mother and child. The attacker has not been identified, but police are using CCTV footage to investigate who she is.
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