“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

Just to clarify who you are – you were the one getting on the Yellow line northbound at Chinatown as I was getting off at about 10:00 last night.

It pains me, that I, not a native Washingtonian, must lecture you on proper Metro etiquette.

However, since you have chosen to ignore all of the announced requests to allow exiting passengers to debark BEFORE entering the train, I feel I should reiterate this necessary point of manners a little more graphically.

  1. If you allow exiting passengers to debark you MIGHT find that there is a bit more room on the train for you and your stuff.
  2. If you would use this slight delay not only to allow the debarking passengers to clear the entrance, but also to organize your stuff a bit more effectively, it MIGHT be easier to fit through said entrance.
  3. It MIGHT also be less likely to result in the afore-mentioned debarking passenger uttering profanities at you when you collide with them violently.

If you STILL do not have memory of this occurance, please check the backpack you used as a battering ram for your entrance onto the train for the 30-inch section of long red hair that you tore away with you during the collision.  I believe the scalp is still attached.

And, although I do not have the daily experience with Metro etiquette that you do, I feel on more comfortable ground with the following:

If you forcibly collide with someone (who, incidentally HAD the right of way), and cause them bodily injury, a simple “excuse me” or “beg pardon” will go a long, long way toward making you seem less like a thoughtless b****.

And because I know my manners:

Thank you, for your attention.

March 20th, 2008 at 3:41 pm
4 Responses to “An open letter to that rude woman on the Metro”
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    jodi Says:

    Oh, bad metro etiquite, bad dcer.

    Sorry i couldn’t see you on this trip.

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    gerbil Says:

    alas… welcome to washington. the only polite metro-goers are usually tourists.

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    Tracey Says:

    Know what? You (Robbin) should be allowed to take your SCA gear when you travel…the injury to those pretty red locks of yours is the non-verbal equivalent of “lay on!”