Can New York serial subway behaviour dimwits be converted to perfect subway etiquette by a series of MTA ads? Are the ads funny enough, explicit and straightforward enough to get the job done? It will be very interesting to see whether they do make a difference because the behaviour of fellow travellers can be the difference between a journey being fine to it being terrible. Watch this first ad and see what you think.
Some people are just unaware and need a nudge in the right direction. On a recent subway trip, I was standing and beside me was a guy with a great big backpack poking out behind him. Every time he swayed the backpack banged into me and he was just oblivious. Finally I tapped him on the shoulder, pointed out what was happening and he shifted, re-orientating himself so I wasn’t bumped all the time. That one is easier to resolve than the person who pulls out very smelly food and proceeds to stink up the railway car. It’s much more confrontational situation to tell them to put the food away and I’ve never seen anyone do it
Perhaps with a combination of these ads and subway riders speaking up and asking politely for others to change their behaviour, all our journeys will become more pleasant.