This is one of my favorite kinds of Metro riders. It's bad enough that she's doing the "sit-on-the-outside-seat-so-no-one-will-try-to-sit-next-to-me," but she's also got her filthy foot on a seat. Several people were standing, including myself, and I'm sure if I would have said, "Lady, this is not your . Get your foot off the seat and scoot your butt over so you don't take up three seats!" she would have been embarrassed into behaving like a civilized human being. It's the principle of the thing, though!
And along similar lines, from Jane:
Red Line towards Shady Grove during :
Crowded train but not quite full yet. Woman A is sitting in a seat by the window and her WET is on the aisle seat next to her. Woman B gets on at Silver Spring and sees the wet seat next to Woman A, who had just taken her umbrella from the seat and was holding it in her lap.
Woman B: Did you put your umbrella on the seat?
Woman A: Yes...
Woman B, speaking in a tone that is usually reserved for naughty four-year-olds: Well, that wasn't very nice, was it?
Sheepish silence from Woman A. Woman B finds somewhere else to sit. Yay for Woman B!
People who think that their briefcase, purse, shopping bag or WET UMBRELLA deserve a seat of its own--during rush hour, no less--are selfish inconsiderate asses, even more so than those who don't wait until you exit before they board or the clueless tourons who don't stand to the right.
Other riders who make the Hall of Shame:
The nail clipper
Mr. Wide Stance
...and our ever-growing list of annoying riders
Red Line blues (WaPo)