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Monday question: Subway rudeness

Posted by Robin Abrahams  March 12, 2012 06:13 AM

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Good morning, everyone! Public rudeness is the topic today, of the transportational variety:
 
More and more I see teenagers sitting in the "priority" seats at the front of the bus or right inside the doors on trains who seem totally oblivious to the fact that they should be prepared to give up their seat instantly if someone who needs it gets on. One young, healthy girl blurted out loudly "Why should I?" when someone behind her gently nudged her to give up her seat to a frail elderly man with a cane. What can onlookers do in such cases without looking like rude jerks themselves?
What is your opinion, dear readers? I'll give my take on Friday -- and my opinions on all sorts of matter relating to social behavior between now and then, too, so stop back in during the week. (And if you have your own questions for Miss Conduct, put off work a little longer and e-mail me!)
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