Selfish MTR passengers

By Ken McManus
By Ken McManus |

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What's going on with all these annoying passengers on the MTR?

There are people who run up and down the centre aisle of the train, disturbing passengers who feel tired and would like to rest. Then there are "pole hoggers", who are usually children.

Personally, the ones who annoy me the most are the "seat warriors" who refuse to give up their seats to the elderly or those carrying heavy packages.

MTR stations are always crowded during peak hours. There couldn't be a more selfish passenger than the one who blocks a turnstile while fumbling to find their Octopus Card. And they really do not realise there are people waiting behind them.

All it takes is to be aware that other people are riding, too, and these annoying passengers need to think about them and not just themselves.

Carly Fung, King Ling College

From the editor

Thank you for your letter, Carly. You're right: commuting on the MTR, especially during rush hours, can be nerve-racking. The pressures of getting to work, doing your job and going home are anything but relaxing, and the MTR usually does everything it can to make the ride bearable for its 700,000-plus passengers a day.

However, sometimes people are stuck in their own little worlds, and nothing else exists but them. It's common courtesy to think of other people before yourself, and yet the "pole hoggers", the "seat warriors" and the turnstile blockers you mentioned have existed for decades and probably always will.

Announcements and signs remind us to give up our seats to people "in need" - the elderly, mothers-to-be, adults with small children and those with physical problems. Young people can make a good impression by always being aware of the situation around them and ready to jump up and offer their seats when necessary.

Ken, sub-editor