The death of common commuting decency

I know it’s too early to rant, but I just had to let it out.

I just really am wondering how come Pinoys nowadays do not practice common decency while commuting.

It’s sometimes a reason why riding public utility vehicles pisses me off. You know, people not sitting properly and occupying space enough for 2 people, pushing others so that they could ride the train or bus or jeep first, not falling in line to get first dibs on the FX or jeep, not passing the fare, pretending to be sleeping so that you can get away with not passing the fare or letting an elderly or pregnant woman sit down.

This morning, another adds to that list. I was on an FX traversing the Ayala route from my place. I was seated in front, by the passenger door. Upon reaching Kalayaan, the lady seated beside me alighted. Another girl, who worked for a call center (probably) housed in the Total Building along that particular road, approached the FX and wanted to take her seat in front. So after I stepped down and gave way to the lady, I went in first. I was now beside the driver and the girl was by the door. Didn’t have a problem with that.

We reached Ayala Ave., and then we approached the Unloading Zone where I was supposed to alight. I told the girl that this was my stop. But instead of her stepping down like any other commuter would do, she just shifted her position without actually stepping down. Wow. I told her to go down first, but what she just did was put one leg down. Her butt was still on the passenger seat.

I had no choice but to go down, but with the big bag that I bring everyday, it can’t be helped that she’d be hit a bit.

Looking back, I should have hit her with my bag intentionally. Or probably kicked her back so she’d take her butt off the seat a bit.

But no, I’m not that violent. Besides, it was too early to have confrontations. And I wouldn’t want my day to be ruined by some girl who, albeit having received education and being a young professional, does not have common commuting courtesy.

I should’ve looked at her ID so that I could post her name here.

But well, I’ll just let karma do its thing.


I really don’t get why people nowadays lack altruism, even in the smallest of things. It’s just sad.

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  • Pink Magaline September 15, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Ufff.. those kind of commuters! Kahit saan meron nyan sis. Asar talaga kasi nakita na ngang marami kang dala, ayaw pa mag-give way. Beware nalang next time kasi marami pa silang ganyan.

    • moonchild117 September 16, 2010 at 8:29 am

      Yeah, in some parts of the metro mas malala pa yung nakikita ko. As in wala talagang pakialam sa ibang commuters. I try to be a good commuter (kung meron mang ganun, haha!) pero ang hirap pag mga ganun ang kasabay mo araw-araw.

  • MommyCow September 15, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Hearted Sis! Minsan nakakagigil mag commute sa Manila. I hate rush hours and morning commutes, after years of this, I got so exhausted na dealing with inconsiderate people sa bus, mrt, lrt, jeep. Manila’s too congested, there’s not enough elbow room or even space to wiggle ourselves out. Suggestion ko sis next time, paringgan mo na, minsan you have to call these people out para matahuhan. Minsan kung di pa mapahiya, di titino 🙁

    • moonchild117 September 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

      I’ve seen other people na nagpaparinig na sa mga taong super inconsiderate sa daan, pero etong mga taong ‘to, kahit anong gawing pagpaparinig or pagsabihan mo man e deadma lang! Kapal muks din, kaya minsan ang hirap ding gawin yun kasi di ka rin nila pakikinggan. Titingin na lang sila outside the window of the vehicle. Tsk.

  • Miss Guimba September 18, 2010 at 9:03 am

    You know, commuting is like a fight for survival in Manila which brings out the worst in people. I read a rant from Neil Gaiman about a blind man who got stuck in a train bathroom and no one tried to open the door for him. He had the same sentiments as you did.

    • moonchild117 September 20, 2010 at 8:25 am

      Wow, and I thought it only happens here in the Philippines. And that’s already Neil Gaiman noticing it.

      He’d probably be mentioning that in one of his future books.

  • lalei September 21, 2010 at 9:08 am

    When I was still in Manila, the commute stressed me the most especially during a rush hour MRT ride. I felt harassed and physically assaulted everytime. Good enough those days are gone now.

    • moonchild117 September 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

      You’re lucky. I really wonder when Pinoys will have some discipline and courtesy during commuting hours…

  • commuter September 23, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Sorry to hear that. I am guilty of that.


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