I recently received a question about some waiting for the train platform etiquette. I provided my opinion, but what do you think?
Hello, I have a situation that maybe you can help me understand.
Twice now I have been accused of cutting in front of someone waiting for the metro train. I realize that some times people wait for the train at a particular spot believing that the train door will stop close to them even though the train may stop a few feet one way or the other. I even had someone tell me that they were "here first" as if the space next to them was somehow reserved by their presence and proceeded to tell me that was why people get their **tt kicked on the metro.
My opinion is to stand aside and let people out of the train and other than that the platform is an open space for people to line up.
Do you have an opinion?
I think this is a really good point. Here's my thought. Anyone can stand anywhere on the platform they want while waiting for the train. Most regular riders have learned where the train doors usually end up and they'll choose to stand there while waiting. A lot of times I'll see a few regular riders clustered around the same spot, because they all know that will be a door. Nothing wrong with that.
The only thing that has irked me is when there's a very empty platform, someone's standing at their "door spot", and another person comes to stand only inches away from them. I've actually had someone lay their bag on MY feet! It's an empty platform, we can all take some breathing room. Plus, with the trains operating in manual as they have been for a while now, you're not guaranteed that the door will end up at the exact same spot every time. Some days you're in the sweet spot, and some days you're a couple feet off. It's ok.
As you mentioned, they will have to move out of the way of the doors once the train stops wherever it does. The other rude behavior I've seen is when a few people stand back to let the train empty out and someone else shoves their way in front of the waiting people. In that case, they were there first and since they are politely letting others off the train, you should politely take your turn getting on.