THE train has become an arena of confict, which tends to happen when you humans bunch up together and, inevitably, start getting on each other's wicks.
Various incidents of late, some now the subject of legal proceedings and so beyond the purview of this voice of judgment, highlight the fact that members of the public should avoid public transport at all costs. I know that I do, and I'm not even a member of the public.
My memory of trains is that, as with most things in life, they made me incensed. Not the trains themselves. These are mere machines, and it may come as a surprise to some of you to know that Thomas the Tank Engine is not a documentary.
No, it's the passengers, in particular those awful people who put their bags down on a second seat to stop anyone sitting next to them. Excuse me a second, would you? Aaaargh! That's better. Had to let that out.
Oh, such behaviour obtains my goat. It's so selfish and yet — like the people who practise it — it's extremely common. The train can be packed but, as you wander through from carriage to carriage, they're stopping you having a seat because they want two. And how many tickets did they pay for, readers? Correct: one.
It says it all about the modern era and, indeed, all previous eras: rude, nasty, inconsiderate. I can see the point where the train is nearly empty and you wish to prevent a salivating citizen from sitting beside you. But, at busy times, the seat annexers should be punished, perhaps a la mode, by being filmed and subsequently appearing on YonTube, if that is the name.
Say what you like, and I will: no one dislikes their fellow man more than I. But I would not deny them a seat.
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