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Monday question: Bus etiquette

Posted by Robin Abrahams  August 9, 2010 05:57 AM

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Hmm. I promised you all a light, fluffy question after two heavy ones! But there isn't anything in my inbox that matches that description. Here's one, anyway, that I'm sure many of us locals can wicked relate to:

I live in South Boston and each morning take the #7 bus from one of the last stops on the bus route before heading into the city. Every morning, someone gets to the stop right before the bus comes and walks in front of the other commuters ensuring they are one of the first people on the usually crowded bus. People who have been waiting for 20 minutes end up not being able to fit on the bus and have to wait for the next one to come along. What is the etiquette in this situation when there is not a formal line for the bus? Can anything be done short of throwing elbows out to make sure this person is not the first one on the bus?

What do you think? Want to share some public-transit etiquette horror stories of your own? Go for it! I'll put in my response on Friday, and I've got a good online conversation topic for Wednesday. (And I promise, I'll still look up that "how do you address an envelope to two judges" question from last week's chat and post the answer to that sometime this week, as well!
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