Lately I've had occasion to ride a lot of elevators and the subway.
Now I like people, normal people. But some people..I'm tellin ya.
Riding the subway in Toronto at rush hour can only mean one thing...every man and woman for themselves. If you get on at the right stop..you can get a seat for the whole trip..but if you don't you have to stand...and that can be both good and bad.
The other day I got on at the first stop..so I got a good seat (or so I thought) and thought I was all set. It wasn't too crowded yet and I thought I was in for a nice pleasant 30 minute ride downtown to my destination.
Within two stops..a man...a regular enough looking guy..decided to sit between me and another woman...it being a three seat combo corner. Now he had every right to sit there..I'm not denying that. But clearly he was too big for the spot between us..for which a normal sized person would have been fine. He was not obese..but he was chunky. Now if he had made the effort to at least try to fit in the spot I might have cut him some more slack..but he didn't. He plopped himself into that space and just leaned on both of us..and it was very uncomfortable. He then proceeded to fall asleep and basically fall all over me, kind of like what you might see on an airplane.
I'm not judging, but this man was Indian, East Indian of some sort, and I have had this experience before with many of this kind. I'm thinking it's a cultural thing. There is so much crowding in those countries due to over population, that I just think they are used to this sort of situation and deem it acceptable.
However, in this country, which they have chosen to come to for various reasons, many of which have great merit and are legit, it is not acceptable behavior. Those of us who grew up here value our personal space and respect others.
So , if you don't, my advice..go back.