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OMG: Bus etiquette PSA: If the bus is crowded, please take off your backpack.

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  1. I have been hit in the face with people's backpacks soooooo many times. Especially on the 9 when it picks up high school students at WCI. Sorry that my face was in the way? Take the backpack off people, please and thank you!

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  2. i think a lot of people (myself included) find it very difficult to take off their backpack. i have very, very poor balance that usually necessitates using both hands to hold on while the bus brakes/turns, and i wouldn't want to let go of my backpack. plus, the floors get really, really disgusting, especially during winter

    i understand how much it sucks getting hit in the face with backpacks (it's happened to me plenty of times) but i can't see taking your backpack off being a behaviour everyone adopts

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    1. That sounds very unfair that everyone should cater to your needs. You could potentially have been the result of someone not being let on the bus because it's too full making that person miss the bus and not make their interview, meeting, class, whatever it may be.

      Why don't you set you backpack on the tops of your feet, it's cleaner than the ground. Or clutch your backpack in between your legs, but you may have an excuse for that too. In that case, you surely will have to practice holding on with one hand... I believe that with some practice, you will be able to do it successfully, eventually... Successful societies have to work together in order to make ALL lives better, not just yours!

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    2. 2a: 2 here, and you make a valid point -- but i feel it's less wanting everyone to cater to my needs and more explaining why some people struggle with it

      i'm not often standing up on very crowded buses anyway (i try to take them on off times to avoid it because, again, my balance makes it awkward and terrible) but if i do find myself in that position again, i'll definitely try

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  3. I'm quite sure you could be potentially charged with assault if your backpacks hits someone. It's all up to who has been hit.

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    1. Ok, well, let's not go overboard. We're not in America...

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  4. I'd also like to add that people shouldn't take up extra seats for their purse or backpack if the bus is full or even if there are a few people standing.

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  5. Bus etiquette 101:

    Backpacks, whilst useful (and quite hip),
    have certain drawbacks when on a trip.

    They end up shoved in someone’s face,
    an invasion of their personal space.

    So please place them by your toes,
    not up another traveler's nose.

    (- courtesy of TFL bus adverts)

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  6. I think these TTCC posters capture some basics about taking the bus. Thanks Steve Murray!

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