10 types of people you reluctantly meet on the MRT

Characters you pray you don’t meet every time you step through the sliding doors

10 types of people you reluctantly meet on the MRT
10 types of people you reluctantly meet on the MRT
08 Jul 2015

10 types of people you reluctantly meet on the MRT

Photo: TODAY

Singaporeans have a love-hate relationship with the MRT. It gets us where we want to go quickly without being hindered by traffic, but is constantly riddled with delays and breakdowns (don’t even get us started on Tuesday’s disruptions), not to mention the interesting characters we encounter during the journey. Here are 10 types of people we (unfortunately) often find ourselves sharing our ride with:

The nosy neighbour
The nosy neighbour
08 Jul 2015

The nosy neighbour

Whether you are reading the newspaper, magazine or checking your social media feed on your mobile phone, this person wants in on it. She will lean in and not so subtly read over your shoulder. I usually close my paper so she knows I am on to her and if she doesn’t get the hint, give her the side eye.

What to do if it’s you: Keep your eyes to yourself or just bring your own reading material.

The doorman
The doorman
08 Jul 2015

The doorman

It baffles me why people like to stand by the train door even when it’s more spacious inside the cabin. Are they too lazy to walk a few steps further in? Or maybe they want to be the first ones out when they reach their stop so they can chiong to the escalator… I don’t know.

What to do if it’s you: If you want to maintain your choice spot, be prepared to move out to let others alight first at each station - this comes with the territory. If not, you deserve to be pushed.

Photo: Goingwitheddie.com

The manspreader
The manspreader
08 Jul 2015

The manspreader

Many of us have been the unwitting victim of the manspreader, you know, the guy who has a tendency to spread his legs wide open, taking up more than their fair share of real estate on the train.

The thing is, many manspreaders don’t realise they are being a nuisance to others, so let me break it to you: not only is it offensive to the person sitting opposite you, those beside you are left squashed and prone to “molestation” by said legs.

What to do if it’s you: Guys, just close it up shall we? Don’t force us to start an anti-manspreading campaign like they did in New York.

Photo: mentakingup2muchspaceonthetrain.tumblr.com

The stinker
The stinker
08 Jul 2015

The stinker

Ever successfully pushed your way into a crowded train only to find yourself smushed up against a guy with body odour and nowhere to turn? And worse if he has his arm raised to grab the overhead hand rails and the only thing in your direct line of vision is his sweaty armpits. The worst few minutes of your life.

What to do if it’s you: Unless you have access to a shower throughout the day, invest in a strong anti-perspirant like Perspirex, which can protect from sweat and odour for at least five days. Unlike deodorants which just mask or minimise development of odours, Perspirex stops the production of perspiration. Unsightly sweat stains begone forever!

Photo: ING Image

The sleepyhead
The sleepyhead
08 Jul 2015

The sleepyhead

Sleepyheads are such a common sight these days, we can’t tell if they are genuinely catching their 40 winks or just trying to avoid having to give up their seat. These people can doze off on the train at any time of the day and sometimes fall into such deep sleep that they miss their stop or end up on their neighbour’s shoulder.

What to do if it’s you: Use a travel neck pillow so you keep your head to yourself. Or carry a sign like this girl.

Photo: Asleeponthesubway.tumblr.com and YouTube

The performer
The performer
08 Jul 2015

The performer

Not to be confused with buskers or attention seekers, the performer does not realise he or she is putting on a show. They try to be subtle when they spontaneously burst into song, break out into dance, or jam on their air guitar, it’s more amusing than annoying.

What to do if it’s you: Be more aware of your surroundings. You could be causing a disturbance or invading somebody’s personal space. Otherwise, yay to free entertainment for commuters!

Photos: YouTube screengrab

The PDA couple
The PDA couple
08 Jul 2015

The PDA couple

Putting on a different kind of show is the PDA (public display of affection) couple, who can’t keep their hands off each other. Never mind that people are staring and their creepy make-out session is making everyone awkward, the lovebirds need to canoodle and they need canoodle now.

What to do if it’s you: Either get a room or just stop, lest you are okay with getting fined.

Photos: YouTube screengrab
 

The blaster
The blaster
08 Jul 2015

The blaster

Two types of people fall into this category: people who crank music so loudly it’s like you are at a club, and those who watch clips and play games sans headphones. Trying to drop any hints to blasters will be in vain because they are usually too engrossed to notice.

What to do if it’s you: Turn it down or plug it please, for your sake and mine. I am not interested in your music (you are going to go deaf at this rate!) and I most certainly do not want to know when you’ve scored a sugar crush on Candy Crush.

Photo: ING Image

The pole-hogger
The pole-hogger
08 Jul 2015

The pole-hogger

Among all the people on this list, pole-hoggers annoy me the most. They lean against the pole with their entire body, depriving others of a spot to hold on to, and this really gets to me because I am vertically challenged and my options are limited. The worst are those who lean in even when I got to the pole first. Seriously, is your skin so thick that you can’t feel my knuckles digging into your back?

What to do if it’s you: Grow a backbone, will ya?

Photos: Goingwitheddie.com

The make-up artist
The make-up artist
08 Jul 2015

The make-up artist

It fascinates me how some women are able to skillfully apply make-up during their commute - sometimes while standing - without so much as a smear. We’re not talking about a quick touch up but doing a full face complete with powder, blusher, eyeliner, etc. Impressive. I, on the other hand, would probably end up with the mascara brush jabbed in my eye.

What to do if it's you: While you may argue that this is an effective use of your commute and does not inconvenience anyone, personal grooming in public is inappropriate. Plus, do you know how much germs you are rubbing all over your face?

Photo: YouTube screengrab

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