1st World Country, 3rd World Citizens

I am taking a course on writing gracefully and clearly, so I am going to attempt to put my knowledge to good use.

Whenever I take public transport, especially Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), I get very ticked off and upset.  I am amazed at how people can be so inconsiderate and bo chap (indifferent) towards things happening around them.

The first incident that ticked me off was this 'monkey' boy.  He is obviously not tall enough to reach the dangling handle and had to tip-top.  He insisted on grabbing the handle with both hands and so he was dangling in the air.  The movement of the train caused him to swing around.  Can you imagine what the people sitting in front of him must have felt?  I swear at one point in time the boy must have hit the man and/or woman sitting down in front of him. 

I had half a mind to ask the boy "Are you a monkey?". The train is not a tree for you to swing around.  If you want, please go to the zoo or Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and you can swing all you want with the monkeys.

The second incident that made me very furious was at City Hall MRT station.  I was queuing for the General Ticketing Machine (GTM) to refund my ticket deposit.  There are 3 machines – I was queuing for the left one, and there was an elderly tourist couple (probably from Hong Kong) at the center machine.  There were quite a number of (oblivious) people around.  The couple was obviously struggling with using the machine, and they struggled for a couple of minutes.  No one, not even the couple behind them who were happily chatting away, bothered to offer some help.  I left my queue and approached the couple, which they declined my help (as if too proud to accept any).

So I lost my queue, and I re-queued for the machine on the right.  2 Middle Eastern tourists approached me this time, and asked how they could purchase tickets for the MRT.  Since it was my turn in the queue, I helped them buy the tickets before doing my refund.  After I passed them their tickets, the next person behind me immediately wanted to chiong (rush) in front of me.  I have not even move away from the machine!

What happen to being courteous?  When you see people in need, help them!  When it is not your turn, wait!

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