Ever think that it is only kids and teenagers who get nasty and push each other over in the playground? Ever wondered what happens when they get older? Wonder no more.
Procedure for getting on a bus/ train/ waiting to be served etc. is very much Survival of the Pushiest. If you leave a respectable gap, or the person directly in front of you is a bit slow and there’s room for someone to manoeuvre in front of you if they’re dexterous and a bit pushy, well, that’s what happens and stiff cheese to you.
I witnessed a prime example of ambition overruling every social grace and courtesy today, while boarding the train to Hong Kong. Man A and Woman A were in the line, as was Man B. Now, as a bit of background information, there’s a gap of about 30 seconds between when the train rocks up and when the doors open for boarding, to let the passengers out the other side. Technically everyone is meant to stand behind the yellow line until the doors open. Yeah, right.
During this time, Woman A, acting on directions from her husband, Man A, angled in front of Man B with the hope to secure a seat for both. Man B didn’t like this, and when the doors opened, I saw him push Woman A out of his way, and into the side of the train door. It didn’t look very pleasant, and probably hurt her a little.
Well, that conclusion is drawn from the above and subsequent screeches from Woman A; whereupon her husband, who was behind them both, grabbed Man B and fisticuffs ensued. Woman A joined in but only in a verbal capacity. After a short time Man A and Man B realised that it’s difficult to shout your explanation as to why the other man is a villain coherently whilst punching, and it dawned on them that the train was about to leave. So they got on.
At that time Man B and Woman A engaged in loud communications, punctuated with interjections from Man A whenever he could get a word in edgeways. Valiant efforts were made by fellow commuters to calm both sides of the argument down, which were largely successful however, it lasted until the next station. Man A, Woman A and Man B all departed then.
It made for a bit of entertainment during the trip. After they left, a lady sitting next to me caught my eye and we both smiled and rolled our eyes.
Incidentally, none of them got a seat.