Escalator Etiquette

31 July 2013Reading

Tom Geoghegan writing for BBC News Magazine:

“Able-bodied people standing on the downward escalator are in effect robbing the people behind them of time,” says Hamilton Nolan, who writes for Gawker and regularly uses the New York subway.

“Their presumptuous need for leisure may cause everyone behind them to miss a train they would have otherwise caught. Then those people are forced to stand and wait on a subway platform for many extra minutes. Those are precious minutes of life that none of us will get back.”

It’s not open war, he adds, it’s a war waged in the privacy of the enraged minds of walkers who are forced to stand impatiently behind as the escalator slowly descends.

I’m a walker. If you’re a stander, move to the right.