8 Rules for Not Sucking at Public Transportation

#4. Don't: Sit Like You Have Bowling Ball Testicles

While I may have just listed four strategies for being left alone on public transportation, I don't want to give the impression that any behavior is justified. There are all sorts of ways to secure personal space that are completely unacceptable. Obviously, no one would think it's OK to drop nonstop gas bombs to keep people from sitting next to you. I mean, I don't even need to address that. (Right, Adam?) But there are other things that people still think are somehow acceptable. The biggest culprit? Dudes who think they're allowed to sit with their legs akimbo like they have elephantitis of the nuts.

An elephant no one likes.

I've already written about this one in a slightly different context, so let me explain why this move is different than the four acceptable ones I've listed. The first four strategies merely dictate a course of action based on observation of human behavior. But the open-legged stance is aggression. The only observation about human behavior it's making is "If I behave like a rude ass, many people will be too socially awkward or intimidated to call me out on my bad behavior."

That is the telltale sign of true prickishness: thinking any action is justified as long as you get what you want. The rest of us aren't too weak or stupid to do such things. We just don't want to be an asshole like you.

#3. Don't: Roll Your Eyes When Someone Says "Excuse Me"

Much like trying to explain to certain Internet humorists the proper time and place for displays of gastric distress, rolling your eyes at fellow commuters is pointless. Coveting your own personal space on a train is not the same as believing you have a greater right to it than any other paying commuter. One ass, one seat. It's not audacious of someone to want to sit in the seat next to you. (Unless they're a real live crazy person looking for a friend amid a sea of other empty seats.)

If someone says "Excuse me" so they can sit down, there is a very simple response: saying "Sure" and getting out of the way. All your huffing and puffing and eye-rolling won't turn a normal request into a rude one no matter how much it upsets your fantasies about being King of AssCushionLandia, owning all that you survey.

"I'm also Prince of FootRestVille."

#2. Don't: Place Bags on a Seat

This is a tricky one. There is no hard and fast rule against ever placing something on a seat. Depending on the time of your commute and your location, you might be riding a form of public transportation that never reaches full capacity. Your purse/backpack/work bag isn't depriving anyone of anything. But that's not what I'm talking about. I'm singling out people who use their bags as some sort of placeholder to keep you away.

At this point, I know what you're saying: "This article is getting boring, tell another joke about Adam farting." (Knock Knock. Who's there? Adam. Adam who? Adam Tod Brown of Cracked, who probably has undiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome.)

Mayo Clinic
That can't be right, can it?

You might also be asking, "So can I put my bag on the seat next to me or not?" The answer is yes, yes you can. But much like getting bit by a radioactive spider carries great responsibility, so does gobbling up seat real estate with bags. If you do that, then the burden is on you to keep an eye on your surroundings and release the seat back to the populace once it seems like the convenience of you not having something on your lap is causing another the inconvenience of not having a seat.

#1. Don't: Pretend to Be "Norwegian"

Have you ever been in a crowd and said "Excuse me," and the other person just flat out didn't move? I have. Multiple times. And in a completely racist fashion, I must admit I attribute such behavior to one specific race above all others. And guess what? I'll never write it down or speak it aloud because such generalizations give way to racial hatred, which is more repugnant to me than sharing an elevator with Adam Tod Brown. But for lack of a more honest and wholly inappropriate answer, let's call these people ... Norwegians. (That's really more of a nationality than a race, huh? Hmm. What can you do?)

"I cannot hear you."

But Norwegians (or those attempting to perfect the Norwegian philosophy) make themselves a rock -- usually in the aisle seat of an empty row or with a bunch of parcels beside them. They engage in some form of unfair seat-saving behavior and then just turn off the world. Why would they acknowledge hearing you say "Excuse me" or seeing you point to the empty seat beside them when acknowledging your existence would mean they'd have to give you what they want? These are the people who have the balls that the folks in #4 above can only pretend to have.

Pictured above: Metaphorical Norwegian balls.

All you can do with these people is shame them. Get literally in their face. Scream, if necessary. And if you really want to get back at them, once they make a space for you, offer your seat to Cracked's own Adam Tod Brown.

For more from Gladstone, check out The 7 Worst Behaviors on Public Transportation and 8 Inexcusable Behaviors on Public Transportation: Part 2.

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