seating…first come, first served?

March 25th, 2009 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

I was on the Metro this week with a friend – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening isn’t normally crowded on the Metro (unless it’s a game day, which it was not) – but it was on this day. Apparently the red line to Shady Grove had been delayed for some reason or another, and the train was packed like it was 5 p.m. There wasn’t a seat on the train, but I got one when someone left…ahh. Time to relax (on the crowded, stuffy train).

Or not. An elderly couple boarded the train and I immediately offered my seat to the woman. I was surprised, however, to see my seatmate (a 20ish man) remain comfortably seated. On the other hand, the older man was surprised I had actually given up his seat, and said to his wife, “Well, that was nice.”

So now I am thinking about the world I live in and grew up in. It’s the Metro and a young man won’t give his seat up for an elderly couple? And the elderly couple is actually surprised that someone offered their seat to them? Interesting. And perhaps a tough omen for my generation in 5o years.