Subway rules

October 23, 2007

There must be something wrong with the Austrian educational system. Or with the example that parents are setting as role models for their children. In my limited time here, I have regularly witnessed riders on the Viennese U-Bahn commiting what any subway rider should know are two unforgivable sins.

First, and most unfathomable, riders will often attempt to board an arriving train before passengers have had a chance to deboard. Think of me what you will, but this is worse than a no-no. It’s indecent and probably immoral.

Second, and slightly more understandable since I have seen it in other places as well, escalator riders seem to be only vaguely aware of the rule that one should stand on the right, walk on the left. As I say, the main offenders here are the same as anywhere else: couples. Come on, people, you can stand next to each other in a minute. Right now, you have a job to do, and that is to get out of my way.

It’s hard to believe that in this country, where people won’t cross the street against a “don’t walk” sign, such simple rules are lacking. Their accusatory stares when I cross a street might be easier to accept if they would show some sense on the subways.


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