9 Unwritten Subway Rules

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I been a straphanger on the NYC subway for a dozen years. Here’s just a few things I’ve observed that I’d classify as unwritten rules. For better or worse.

1. The last none exiting the car gets elbowed by those boarding it.
2. It’s okay to give to buskers and beggars. But have a donation criteria and stick to it. (Don’t just give to everyone.)
3. Cluster in groups by the doors. Never spread out in the car for more room.
4. When choosing between a crowded car and an empty car choose the crowded one. (You don’t want to find out why that one car is empty. Trust me.)
5. Take any open seat but be prepared to give it up later.
6. Touch the poles with your hands all you want but never touch another riders hand. Ever.
7. Keep your eyes open when you have to sneeze so you don’t. (Avoid sneezing and spreading your germs at all costs.)
8. Do not hold the door with your hand. Use your foot instead.
9. The yellow line on the platform edge is the passing lane.

See the extended list of Unwritten Subway Rules on twitter.

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See the extended list of Unwritten Subway Rules on twitter.

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