Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My Luggage Likes to Sit

From Sarah: "I took this picture on my way home the other night. It was rush hour on the Red Line toward Shady Grove. Try to suck a little bit more, buddy."

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20 comments:

GrapesOfRough said...

Asshat.

J said...

Did you say anything to him?
I find some people have no problem making room.
Of course, I find others get really sassy about it, or flat out refuse..

Anonymous said...

Anyone who can see the amount of people standing around him and still not move just doesn't care. Saying something to him wouldn't make a difference.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be more of an issue if he had to put it in the isle and got in everyones way?

Golden Silence said...

I don't know who are more annoying, those who hog seats or those who passive-aggressively wait for the seat to be freed.

Anonymous said...

While it looks terrible, where exactly would be a better place? Blocking the aisle or blocking the handicapped seats?

Really he should be on the far end of the car plastered against the wall or he should wait until rush hour is over.

Anonymous said...

oh but I would say something anyway. "Excuse me, I need to sit please." And I would simply stare at him until he responded. Stare long enough and people get uncomfortable. Especially when one has spoken in a clear, audible voice heard by others. (Causing others to stare as well. heh heh)

Joeb said...

clearly that could go under the seat...

also, he obviously could have used a smaller bag...

get it together dweeb

Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem with people bringing bags on the Metro, but seriously, STAND if you've got one like this (and are able). You'll be able to get out easier to boot.

Anonymous said...

Can you blame him? He didn't want some chronic public masturbator sitting next to him...

ZZinDC said...

I think I am more offended by the enormous bag slung over the shoulder/waist of the person on the right - clearly this person doesn't care who gets whacked by it, nor does he or she care how much space is taken up by it.

As for the luggage - I am torn. I know that taking up a seat for a bag is hugely rude- if it's a bag that fits in your lap or under the seat, that's where it should be, no doubt about it. In this case, however, it's not clear to me what his options are - I am not sure it would fit under the seat, and as others have mentioned, were he standing the bag would be blocking the aisle and therefore inconveniencing many people.

I appreciate that he is using mass transit from the airport or train station and don't think it's reasonable to demand that he wait until after rush hour. I think someone else mentioned that he'd do better squeezed in at one of the ends of the car, and I think that's probably the best choice, but that's not always available either... as I say, I am torn.

Anonymous said...

Whine whine whine... Can't anyone see how tired that bag is?

Rob Pitingolo said...

This is seriously proof of why people will someday not be able to do dumb stuff in public and get away with it. I wish that day would come sooner.

Anonymous said...

So much anger. To the person who suggested he waits until rush hour is over...please. That is more arrogant and rude than the bag. Why don't all those people and the original poster also wait. We all have equal access to metro, when we want, once we pay our fare. Perhaps metro should charge for extra luggage, but they don't and they don't regulate luggage size.

Clearly there are better places to put a bag, and standing is more polite, but there is no ideal solution. The self righteousness and insults being posted are not a sign of a functioning society. More like the witch hunts of past centuries. Bravo DC

Anonymous said...

Is it legal to post these pictures with people's faces showing? I ask only because I've seen public-location pictures on other sites where the faces have necessarily been blurred (and, in fact, in earlier pictures on this site, faces were avoided).

Anonymous said...

Get rid of the arm rests! They're useless anyway. In this case, ol Mr. suitcase could have sat sideways, and someone could have sat on the end of the seat.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 1:13, who said
"Get rid of the armrests!"
Yes!! Thank you!
Yes!! Thank you!
Yes!! Thank you!
(Repeat 97 more times)
Getting rid of them will also make it easier to squeeze in and out of the inner seat.....and to squeeze two larger-than-average people (yes, I am one of them) into the seats.

Anonymous said...

By the way, which is the worse person, the guy who puts a large suitcase on a seat but may have had no better option or the woman who takes a picture of it and sends it to a website for ridicule?

ksu499 said...

Yes! Get rid of the armrests!

Anonymous said...

The luggage guy is worse. Stand at one end of the train out of the way. The luggage didn't pay a fare, so it doesn't get a seat. Metro should make this a fineable offense, regardless of how full the train is.

When I look for a seat on the train or bus, I target the seats on which people have placed bags.

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