Wednesday, March 12, 2008
INVASION OF PRIVACY: MY COMMERCIAL BUS EXPERIENCE
“I have to get my car. I need to buy a car. I can’t cope with this kind of behaviour anymore”. I tell myself this everyday I enter a bus. I know that having one’s car comes with a lot of hassles too but I am sure the advantages far out weigh the disadvantages like I will sure have my space to myself and my privacy not invaded!
I don’t think I will be crossing my boundary if I say that a lot of commuters especially the men do leave at home their courtesy before coming on board. It’s hard enough having to endure somebody resting on you through your own very back seat for lack of space since everyone is packed like sardine not to now mention the annoying way men reach for money in their pocket. They will reach into their trousers pocket shoving and poking away at your ribs or hips not minding how inconvenient it is for the person sitting next to them be it a man or a woman, a girl or a boy (better believe it!). And the worst part is they do without courteous words like “excuse me” or “sorry” as the case may be seeing how the next person to them is trying to adjust to give them space out of none to do their stuff.
Speaking for myself, I am continually a victim of this and I am reaching or have reached a breaking point. So now I have to be telling them to be courteous when reaching for their pocket (I will start this next week). Like me, I am very ticklish, so any slight movement affects my brain in a negative manner and this is quite beside the point, the real thing is when someone is touching other people while getting to his pocket, courtesy demands that the person apologies knowing that he is invading other party’s privacy. Or is it too difficult to tilt forward or stand up a bit to pick money from their pocket? Can’t that money be kept in a safe place of the shirt’s pocket? And this is commonly done by educated men!!!
Fine, I have sworn to get my own car but the reality of the situation is that I can’t afford one now so what do we do? Hopefully some of this men guilty of this behaviour will read this article and adjust or people like me affected on a daily basis need to rehearse how to ask politely that they take it easy in order not to give in to an argument that will ruin one’s mood if not one’s day!!!
Being courteous is a sign of having etiquette. We need to show more of this in all we do to show how civilized we are.
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