I was sitting on the skytrain yesterday during the busy commute. It was one of the newer ones where there isn't one long bench, just two-seaters. It was packed, as it always is, and I was in the middle seat so I couldn't really see behind me. I was reading my book and was plugged into my music but I heard a loudmouth on his phone, f-bomb every second word, but he seemed to be having a very interesting, heartfelt conversation with a friend about how another friend was a dick. It was like listening to two girlfriends talking about a backstabbing girlfriend, but it was a dude. Anyway, I tuned into his conversation every now and then but because it was so one-sided and so profanity-laden (that it just sounded nonsensical), I finally stopped listening and read my book. But then, all of a sudden, I I heard the loudmouth say, "Thanks, you f-ing jerk. Three stops. I've got a f-ing broken leg and no one f-ing offers me an f-ing seat? You're all too busy staring at your f-ing phones. Yeah, I see you. I see you too, on your f-ing phone. F-you!" He continues to rant on and on about this for the next three stops.
First, I'm not condoning people not giving up their seat. They're assholes and they should have. Maybe it was because he was on the phone, cursing his life away that no one wanted to offer him a seat, I don't know. But the way I see it: if you have a valid reason to need a seat and no one's giving you one, goddamnit just ask someone. Go up to the able-bodied person in the seat reserved for people that need it (such as someone that has a broken leg) and ask them to vacate the seat. But instead, this guy just passive-aggressively rants for 20 minutes about what assholes we all are. Grow a pair, buddy or shut your hole.
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