Top 10 Subway Bullsh*t

Posted on September 17th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Bums, Rider Strategy
  1. Heat (or lack of AC): Can’t we poke some holes in the ceiling of the train lines to allow more ventilation?  Is it that hard to do?  And I’m sure there’s a way to do it and keep the rain out at the same time.
  2. Security: Well, there isn’t any.  Random cops sometimes standing around talking to each other is security?
  3. Lack of Cameras: When I get mugged (it’s only a matter of time), I want it caught on film.  All you privacy freaks, get over it.  Your face on camera while you wait for the train is not an invasion of your privacy.  Cameras in the bathrooms, maybe.  But since there are hardly any bathrooms, it’s not a problem.
  4. Lack of Wireless Service:  Honestly?  It’s almost 2009.  Get on the stick.
  5. MetroCard: The MetroCard was a good idea up until 1999.  Now it’s time for something better.  A pocket EZPass?  Swipe your cellphone?
  6. Giving Money to Panhandlers: If everyone stopped giving money to the bums on the train that claim “their papers got lost” and “they got mugged at the shelter” and “that apologize for the interruption,” they would stop begging on the train.  They simply would go somewhere else to make a buck.  I’ve seen the same 3 or 4 bums pitching the same exact story for years now.
  7. Strollers: Nuff Said.
  8. MTA: Pretty much everyone in charge over there.  Especially the ones in charge of the books.
  9. Electronic Message Boards: Nuff Said.
  10. Bitching About Our Bitching: If you have a problem with our bitching, that’s ok.  We’d love to hear about it, but SUBWAYblogger is here to stay.
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  1. Marc said on September 17th, 2008 at 10:31 am

    11. Holding the doors: There will always be another train. Just because you don’t have your act together enough to be on time to work doesn’t mean the other 250 people on the train need to be late. Just don’t hold the doors.
    12. Closing the doors after 3 seconds: Train operators – what’s the damn hurry? You can’t leave the doors open for 10 seconds? Sometimes the doors are closing before the garbled announcement telling me where I am is through.

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  2. Capt. Jean-Luc Pikachu said on September 17th, 2008 at 11:43 am

    > Lack of Cameras: When I get mugged (it’s only a matter of time), I want it caught on film. All you privacy freaks, get over it.

    Next time you take a trip to the UK, ask them how well all that pervasive surveillance is working. -_-

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  3. Subway Rider said on September 17th, 2008 at 11:52 am

    13 People who sit with their legs spread apart so far that it takes up the space of 3 people. No one’s equipment is that large.

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  4. AJ said on September 17th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    14 People with backpacks. I have a backpack and I always keep it between my legs on the floor.

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  5. AJ said on September 17th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    15 People doing propaganda of their “faith” on the train. I always meet this old lady from Ditmars Blvd. N train stop every morning and she sings “at the top of her voice” — “Jesus is the way”. I’d like to get up and slap that B****.

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  6. AJ said on September 17th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    People who keep their feet (with shoes on esp.) on the seats. Dude! someone will sit on that seat and will have your shoe number printed on their posteriors.

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  7. AJ said on September 17th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Rude conductors.

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  8. The SUBWAYblogger said on September 17th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    @AJ:Looks like AJ could have written his own post.

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  9. AJ said on September 17th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    @The SUBWAYblogger:
    I wanted to have a subway blog myself but then I just googled and found yours. :) Since then I have been reading your posts. I could be a guest author, if you care. lol!

    Pardon me, if you were being sarcastic up there in your comment, towards me. It hard to tell with “text”. :)

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  10. michael Jefferis said on September 17th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    It seems to take people in Minneapolis an inordinate amount of time to get on a bus, pay, and sit down. You would think they were boarding the Queen Mary or that 60% were morons. RFID devices (cards that take your fare just by touching – or coming very close to – the reader) were introduced in Minneapolis about 4 years ago. It took about 2 1/2 years to get the software working properly, but now that the system works, boarding has been speeded up, money can be added to the card on line, at stations, etc. 60% of the riders are still morons and. of course, they don’t use the speedy cards.

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  11. Michael said on September 17th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    People talking on the phone…. I just want a calm ride. I don't really want to know what you are having for dinner.

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  12. The SUBWAYblogger said on September 17th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    @michael Jefferis: Typical

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  13. AJ said on September 17th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    @Michael:
    LOL! it is much better than people singing in your ear “Jesus is the way”.

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  15. Fish said on September 18th, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Holy crap, this woman used a stroller as a WEAPON to get on the train recently. I never saw anything like it. She had her relative hold the baby, and when my train doors opened, she tilted the empty stroller upwards and rolled it into the crowd of people trying to get off, kind of using the front wheels as a battering ram. She didn’t give anyone a second to get off the train and they were all lined up at the door as it opened, too. She had no qualms about her act – her face was a combination of angry bitch and oblivious disregard.

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  16. The SUBWAYblogger said on September 18th, 2008 at 10:25 am

    @Michael: Perhaps a case for NOT having cell signal in the subway?

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  17. NYC-Gal said on September 18th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    How about LOUD and RUDE teenagers riding the subway, on their way to school, going home or wherever the hell it is they’re going. When they’re in packs, they act as if they own the train car they’re in and talk loudly and obnoxiously. I want to smack them all and tell them to just shut up and learn to behave!

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  18. FELICIA said on September 23rd, 2008 at 4:21 am

    11. People who leave cans and bottles and their other garbage on the train instead of taking it with them and throwing it in the trash can where it belongs. They are pigs. A lot of times when I get on the train there’s a rolling bottle or can, I just kick it out the door onto the platform and pray no one trips and falls on it.
    12. People who try to squeeze into a seat on the train between 2 other passengers when they know damn well it’s gonna be a tight, uncomfortable fit.
    13. You are sitting on a train which is practically empty and a passenger then comes to sit right next to you. Now why would they sit right next to you, when they have all these other places to sit, are they just lonely and/or afraid or are they gonna rob you or they are some kind of pervert?

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  19. FELICIA said on September 26th, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    14. The noisy, loud subway musicians, I can’t carry on a conversation with anyone because they are blasting their music that I don’t usually like and I don’t want to hear and when I am trying to listen to my own music on my ipod, I can’t hear anything. Also no one can hear any important subway announcements because of these disrupting people!!!
    15. People who place dirty bills & dirty metrocards in their mouths because their hands are full. Don’t they realize the additional germs that they are putting in their mouths. Then they have nerve to even attempt to pass it on to the clerk in the booth.

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  20. FELICIA said on September 26th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    16. The two Phillipine homeless females who look like they’re sisters but behave like a husband & wife, and who are permanently “assigned” to the World Trade Center/Chambers St Station bench right in front of the customer’s restrooms (they are always clean), with all the Duane Reade shopping bags right next them. One of the pair, she’s like a husband who goes out to work on the stations every afternoon & evening picking up metrocards with value off the floor and everywhere else, and then taking them to the clerk to combine the values into one card. Many don’t realize that this female is a known swiper, she sells swipes to customers and also vandalizes the metrocard machines. She travels all around the system while her partner, the wife stays home and takes care of their home ( the bench and the surrounding area). Later the husband comes home with the food, usually meat, fruits & vegetables, they eat and then sleep. What a life these two have, how long is this going to last?

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  21. The SUBWAYblogger said on September 30th, 2008 at 12:05 am

    @FELICIA: Wow Felicia…a little pent up?

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  22. FELICIA said on October 4th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    @The SUBWAYblogger:
    I think I am.

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  23. no one said on October 9th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    2. Security: Well, there isn’t any. Random cops sometimes standing around talking to each other is security?

    Well duh, your not going to get the level of security you want unless you don’t mind waiting at least 15 -20 minutes for the train.

    3. Lack of Cameras: When I get mugged (it’s only a matter of time), I want it caught on film.
    Well – do you really think the cameras will help? Just do a quick google search on “effectivness of CCTV”
    5. MetroCard: The MetroCard was a good idea up until 1999. Now it’s time for something better. A pocket EZPass? Swipe your cellphone?
    So the cops know where you are at any time? The Metro card works. If we are going to move to some “better” form it MUST have anti-abuse provisions

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  24. Martin Ovor said on February 22nd, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Gustav Mahler is the greatest composer I have ever heard. He inspires me every day of my life.

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  25. michael Jefferis said on February 23rd, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Has Gustav Mahler become an issue on the subways of New York? Were you listening to Mahler on your IPOD when two burly NYPO violists grabbed you by the arms and threatened to throw you under the train if you didn’t switch to Schubert immediately?

    Just wondering…

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  26. Chris said on July 14th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    O.M.G. George Orwell was a visionary, there are now more CCTV camaras than there are people by about 10 too 1

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  27. Chris said on July 15th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Just to add to my last comment about there are now more CCTV camaras than there are people by about 10 too 1 I may have been wrong as latest survey says it’s more like 14 too 1

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  28. Chris said on July 17th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    The grossest thing I’ve seen so far was a homeless guy who ‘went #2′ in his jeans and was walking through the train. That smell was so bad I was nearly in tears.

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  29. Shopping said on July 18th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Thats a great list and so true, i love “2 Security: Well, there isn’t any. Random cops sometimes standing around talking to each other is security?”

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  30. Frank Powell said on July 19th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Actually i can guarantee to you that cameras are coming to NYC subway rather soon.
    They are or will be in the subway in Washington very soon, and they will be in NYC
    within 3 years.

    Some people will always worry about invasion of privacy.
    But common, on a subway… there’s not much privacy over there.

    Anyway, jsut a question o a few years before you get your cameras
    in the NYC subway buddy.. : )

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  31. Doctor Aroma said on August 5th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I’ll tell you the worst thing is the stupid people behind the ticket counter when they spend an hour on the phone and not helping you. I waited almost 3 minutes literally when this lady talked on the phone. She told me to hold and turned her back to me and finished up her call and it wasn’t business because I heard her talking about going out. I HATE that.

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  32. AJ @ DVR Security Cameras said on November 30th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    DVR security cameras definitely make public places feel safer and can certainly make you feel safe at home or make sure your kids are being kept well by the baby sitter or nanny.

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