The MBTA is trying to stop ‘manspreaders’ with cute GIFs

Talking to a person on speakerphone. Eating smelly foods. Clipping nails. Littering.

People riding the MBTA do strange things sometimes. And typically, passengers aren’t shy about voicing their displeasure with their fellow passengers when it comes to violating social norms — just take a quick scan through Twitter, and explore the angry messages that get lobbed at the transit agency’s social media account.

But two complaints stand out more than others, driving commuters mad as they pack onto crowded trains each day: people wearing large backpacks that bang around and take up space, and those who sit with their legs wide apart, a macho move that’s commonly called “manspreading.”


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