The first few times I rode the bus, I didn’t have much competition for premium seats. While there were quite a few people riding with me, there was enough seating so that no one had to sit directly beside someone. One day, though, the bus was a bit more crowded and a young gentleman took the seat beside mine. A few stops later, when another seat became available, he jumped up and moved. And that’s when my mind began to question the reasons for this unceremonious breakup. Did I smell bad? Did I do something to offend? Was I such an awful seat partner that every second of our brief journey together was a misery? Had he been plotting his escape the entire time?
Of course, I realize that the stranger that sat beside me probably didn’t intend to throw me into a pit of self doubt and insecurity, but still! I had those thoughts, so couldn’t anyone?
This morning it seemed as if everyone decided to take the 700 (they must have heard about how awesome it is!) so I sat directly beside a man at the back of the bus. When the bus started clearing, I moved over to the window seat, thus abandoning my seat mate. I wanted to tell him it had nothing to do with him– it was all to do with me and my desire to have a little fresh air (the window was open a bit), but that’s kinda awkward conversation between two strangers at 7:45 in the morning. I didn’t hear any whimpering from his corner, so I have to assume he took it okay, but is it rude to move to a less crowded seat on the bus if one becomes available? Is it rude not to?
Any thoughts? Apparently, bus etiquette is something that people have a lot to say about. A few weeks ago #ThingsNotToDoOnPublicTransportation started trending on Twitter. Check out this blog for a compilation of some of the funnier complaints.