Archive for May 22, 2012

New York City Transit

On my way to work this morning I had to stand on the F train.  The reason this annoys me so is that I get on at the first stop (179th Street in Jamaica, Queens). 

The real reason I had to stand, however, was because I refused to ask this young “gentleman” (and believe me I am usuing the word sarcastically) to move over so that I could sit down.  I feel I should not have to ASK someone to move over so that I may sit.  Did he really think I preferred to stand while he spralled out taking up two seats?  What made me even more angry was I know he saw the elderly woman standing near the door and wouldn’t move over for her.  Interestingly enough, she didn’t ask him to move either.

One stop later a woman got on the train, walked over to him and gestured for him to move over – which he did – grudgingly.  I just shook my head.  He saw me shake my head and his eyes then became glued to the game he was playing on his cell phone.

Did the shake of my head make him feel embarrassed or perhaps a little uncomfortable?  I really hope so.

More NYC Train Announcements

I thought I’d share my second favorite MTA announcement.  This one proceeds to tell all the riders that should they see an elderly, disabled or pregnant person they should offer their seat to them as “courtesy is contagious and it begins with you.”

Obviously the people who create these snappy announcements do not take the subway often.  I have seen men happily sitting there reading their newspapers or playing on their phones while an woman who looked as if she were pregnant with twins stood directly in front of them.  I mean really – they didn’t notice her?

Women on the other hand give up their seats readily.  I’ve actually gone so far as to tap someone and ask that they get that person’s attention so I can offer them my seat.   The way I see it, aside from it being the “right thing to do,” I’m also earning brownie points with the “man upstairs” for following one of his rules – the one that starts off with “do unto others…..”

NYC Train Announcements

Listening to one of the many announcements the Metropolitan Transit Authority likes to play on their system, I thought to myself – “Who are they kidding?”  The “If you see a suspicious package on the train or on the platform, don’t keep it to yourself.  Tell a police officer or an MTA employee.  Safety begins with you.” 

Firstly, it’s extremely difficult to get one of the platform workers to pay attention to you.  They usually have some sort of ear coverings on so they don’t loose their hearing from hours of incoming train traffic.  Secondly, police officers on the platforms are few and far between – if they’re in the station they are at the entranceways randomly checking bags.  Thirdly, many of us can’t get a signal on our cell phones underground.  Who are we supposed to tell? 

I remember one time around the holidays I noticed a bag was left behind in the subway car I was sitting in.  It appeared to contain one or two wrapped christmas presents.  Upon exiting the train I told one of the conducters about the bag.  He just looked at me blankly.  “Safety begins with you” – right.


I think I have mentioned in other posts that  I volunteer at PetSmart every other Saturday for a rescue group in Valley Stream.  PetSmart donates this space to our group so we can get our cats seen and possibly adopted.

On one of my trips to the back I saw three big bags of cat food sitting in garbage cans waiting to be thrown out.  As my best friend feeds more feral cat colonies then she can really afford and supplies other people with food to feed their colonies, I decided to ask the manager if I could have them.  As Grandma used to say “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

I was told that unfortunately the food could not be donated as company policy stated that the food had to be destroyed.  PetSmart cannot take the chance that someone will come back and say that their animal got sick from the food they donated (i.e., it may have come in contact with a pesticide, etc.).  As I work for lawyers, I really can’t blame them.  Perhaps if our society was not so litigious, things like this would not be necessary.