Baker Street tube station, London

Don’t be that guy on the London underground

Tourist, commuter or just passing through London?  Follow this simple guide and you’ll never be on the receiving end of evil glares from your fellow travellers.

  • Don’t be that guy who doesn’t stand to the right of the escalators
  • Don’t be that guy who dawdles and takes up the whole walkway
  • Don’t be that guy who wears his large backpack at (my) head height on a packed train
  • Don’t be that guy who doesn’t have his Travelcard ready
  • Don’t be that guy who blocks the exit/entrance gates
  • Don’t be that guy who talks loudly on the phone
  • Don’t be that guy who stands up in front of an empty seat and prevents others from sitting
  • Don’t be that guy who doesn’t offer a pregnant woman a seat – she will ask you anyway and you’ll look like a jerk
  • Don’t be that guy who stands unnecessarily close to others when the train is not busy
  • Don’t be that guy who pushes onto the train before others have stepped off
  • Don’t be that guy who stares weirdly, even if I am wearing gym shorts
  • Don’t be that guy who smells like cigarette smoke
  • Don’t be that guy whose elbows stick into my seat space when you’re texting or playing Candy Crush
  • Don’t be that guy who coughs or sneezes without covering up
  • Don’t be that guy who refuses to step out of the train to let others off – they will push you
  • Don’t be that guy who pushes people onto the train
  • Don’t be that guy (lady) who puts their long hair all over others

 

Most of these indiscretions, in my experience, have been committed by women but it felt particularly sexist to write “don’t be that woman…”.  Nobody loves the tube but the experience is much better for everyone if we’re all courteous!

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2 thoughts on “Don’t be that guy on the London underground

    1. It’s funny how languages work. I’m starting (in the very early stages) to try to learn German and there are so many phrases we understand that would make no sense in another language.

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