My city has a good bus system, and most of the time, I don’t mind sharing space with my fellow riders. Lately though, there have been some individuals who have made me scratch my head and ponder these following questions: “Why does it seem that some people wait to get on a bus before having the most private conversation of their day, either with someone on the bus or on their cell phone”? “Don’t these people understand or care about the information they are giving to others about themselves or their loved ones”? “Why can’t these individuals see that their behavior borders on being inappropriate or is inappropriate”?
I am only speaking for myself here but it amazes me how certain people think others want to know about how they lost their rent money gambling, or that they started their period, or hear about the last time they had sex, smoked weed, got drunk, were fired, didn’t show up for their job, lost their kid (s), spent the night in jail, etc. Then, to be even more inappropriate, they add the f-bomb to every other word. Yes, these are real examples of conversations I have had to endure while on the bus this last month.
I understand that some people are looking for attention and that polite society says to ignore those around you if you’re not part of the conversation but please, bus riders, use some common sense. Have some respect for yourself and others. No one should have to be subjected to conversations like the ones mentioned above just because they need to ride the bus to get to work or wherever they are going.
- Be mindful of those around you (children, elderly, handicapped, business professionals, etc.)
- If you get an important, private call while on the bus, let them know you are in transit. I have never had any issues with people letting me call them back after I have exited the bus.
- Keep social conversation PG rated
- Be courteous of others (no swearing, inappropriate behavior, keep your voice low, etc.)
- Don’t give out private information
- Remember, first impressions can be lasting. You never know who may be sitting next to you. They may be the person who will interview you, decide if you get social services, may be hearing your case, or decide if you get that apartment you’ve had your eye on.