Unspoken Bus Etiquette
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That's Right— I'm Mad About Bus Etiquette

Not everyone has common sense about public transport.

That's Right— I'm Mad About Bus Etiquette
Maddy McKeever

There are some unspoken rules to bus etiquette that should always be followed. Some are even set rules, but people ignore them anyway.

This morning I had a stranger flirt with me on the bus. He moved a seat closer to me just to chat me up. He asked my age, where I worked, my zodiac sign, and even asked for a handshake. He said he couldn't help it because I had an attractive body and personality. He then asked, "So, how's the boyfriend?" to see if I was single. You would think with me constantly turning back to my phone to show discomfort he would let up. Or after I said I was in a relationship. But he kept going, wondering if my relationship was going well and if I thought he was really 'my special someone'.

You would think people know the social cue that if I have headphones in and if am focused on my phone, I do not want to talk, especially to strangers on the bus. Not only that, but it should be a given that you do not flirt on a bus, and even more of a given if I say I'm not interested. Know when it's appropriate.

Eventually, I escaped the bus (and him) and made it to work.

But then on the bus ride home, someone was breaking an actual rule for transit. That rule is no loud phone calls or music on the bus. He was sitting in the back of the bus so that the bus driver herself wouldn't hear, but I heard his loud music. He was blasting it and stomping his feet along to the beat. This was not relaxing after a long day of work. I looked him in the eyes and then at his phone speaker, but he ignored me and kept playing it. I'm surprised the bus driver didn't kick him off. Last week when there was a lady loudly yelling into her phone about her trash husband, the driver told her to wait for the next bus if she didn't stop.

Bring headphones on the bus, or keep your voice down. There are other people on the bus, and if them doing it would bother you, don't do it to them.

Lastly, this isn't a set rule, but think about how much perfume you put on before riding the bus. If you are in the front and I'm in the back and can smell you, it's too much. I have allergies to a lot of perfumes, so it can legitimately be harmful to have that much on if I can't escape the smell.

Be aware of and respectful to the other people on busses. They want to get to their destination just like you do. Just use common sense and your bus etiquette should be adequate.

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