There are actually twelve deadly sins of taking the MTR! This list applies to everyone – men and women, young and old, locals, foreigners, and tourists of all stripes.
12. Not having your Octopus card ready, and then blocking the turnstile while you search for it. Sorry, but how many times have you taken the MTR? You know you need it, so get it prepared before you get to the turnstile and start holding everyone up!
11. Standing on the left on the super long MTR escalators, blocking everyone who wants to walk. You’re making the MTR system totally inefficient. (The MTR attendants in the yellow shirts should be making sure that people aren’t standing on the left instead of doing whatever else they are idling around for.) Walk on the left, stand on the right.
10. Cutting in front of the person in front of you who is obviously waiting politely for the train to arrive before stepping in front of the door. Common sense, but many people seem to be lacking it.
9. People with backpacks, and other bags constantly knocking into you during the ride. Be conscious of your belongings! If you’re going into a crowded train with your bag, at least be aware of your surroundings and how your things effect others.
8. Rushing in to use the extra-wide turnstile while someone who has a legitimate use (baby carriages, wheel chairs, suitcases, bikes etc.) is standing by, waiting to walk through from the opposite entrance.
7. Standing on the platform, blocking the exit, as people try to get off a crowded train. You might get an elbow for this.
6. Entering the train car and stopping just inside the door. What? Are you too dumb to realize that you’re blocking everyone else behind you, inconveniencing them, and causing them to be crowded together needlessly? Totally inconsiderate. Move to the interior of the car.
5. Reaching the top of an escalator with your suitcase, and then stopping directly in front of it, creating a pile-up. This causes the whole escalator full of people to stumble to try not to crash into the person ahead of them. This is criminal and dangerous.
(Meanwhile, the MTR wasn’t designed so that every person could drag a suitcase behind them. This is one way that Hong Kong people are clearly suffering due to the large number of tourists utilizing the MTR.)
4. Not giving up seats to pregnant women, the disabled and the elderly. Come on people! Somehow it’s o.k. as long as you don’t make eye contact? You’re not fooling anyone by sitting there staring at your phone while people in better need of a seat are forced to stand. Have some empathy and decency. (Likewise, old people should have some dignity and not try to cut their way in front of everyone waiting for the train either, that’s just rude.)
3. People who smell bad, holding the hanging straps. Yuck! You make it a tough ride for everyone around you!
2. Clipping your fingernails on the MTR. Gross! Do you think they magically disappear?
1. Picking your nose on the train. This shouldn’t be happening, and yet it frequently does. Sun Yat-sen is rolling over in his grave when you do this!
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