In my opinion, riding the metro isn't that difficult of a concept to grasp. However, some people really don't seem to understand that there are some things that you just don't do when you ride the metro. There is an unspoken etiquette. Well, unspoken until now. Because I'm going to spell out the ten commandments of the STM right now. Take note friends.
1. Thou Shalt Not Lean On The Poles
There isn't all that much to hold onto. And when you're that person who decided to take up an entire pole with your entitled back, I hope you know that you're leaving three to five people stranded and vulnerable to the jerks of the train.
2. Thou Shalt Be Prompt When Buying Thine OPUS Card
You wanna get in and get out. If it's the first of the month you're going to be part of a huge lineup of people trying to refill their own cards. Don't waste time talking on the phone, or buying some extra tickets just in case. Do your business and then leave. We've all got places to be.
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3. Thou Shalt Not Light A Joint In The Train
Or a cigarette for that matter. It's just stupid and disrespectful. But as you can see, it happens.
4. Thou Shalt Let People Get Off Before You Get On
This is just common sense people. I'm talking to all you folks at Place Des Arts who don't seem to understand this. I'm telling you now, if you try to get on the train before I've exited, I will push you out of the way. Don't act surprised, you brought this on yourself.
5. Thou Shalt Not Try To Sell Things On The Train
I'm sure you're the next Celine Dion or Jay Z or whatever. But I'm not going to buy your CD. My $10 is reserved for a much needed cup of coffee and a muffin. If you're going to heckle me, please do it on the street like a normal person.
6. Thou Shalt Not Take Up The Whole Bench Area
Excluding homeless people because they've gotta sleep. But if you're hanging out with your friends and putting your feet up on the bench to make yourself look cool, stop. I will give you the stink eye if this happens.
7. Thou Shalt Not Pee In The Metro
For obvious reasons.
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8. Thou Shalt Not Attempt To Convert Me To Thine Religion
It's great that you've found inner peace, however it's 8AM, I'm late for class, and you're trying to convince me to buy a $15 book I'm never going to read. Needless to say, you're pulling on my last nerve.
9. Thou Shalt Take Off Your Coat Before You Get On The Train
The metro is hot in the winter. Do yourself a favour and take your jacket off before you get on the train. Rather than sweating through four stops, and awkwardly taking it off in a crowd of people.
10. Thou Shalt Not Sit Down If You Have Less Than Three Stops To Go
I get you're tired, but sitting down for thee stops and having to get back up again is just an unnecessary hassle. Give your seat up to someone who's probably equally as tired and has 10 more stops to go. It's the right thing to do.