How Rude Are Some New York City Subway Commuters?

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Public transportation might be an affordable way to get around a city, but some passengers prove that civility is dead.

Inside Edition’s Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Guerrero took to the New York City subway to check out the rude habits of some straphangers. She was joined by Thomas Farley, better known as “Mr. Manners.”   

“There are people we can't do anything about, they are hopeless, they know what they're doing is wrong and they don't care,” Farley said. “They think they are entitled to act that way and if you don't like it, tough luck.” 

Guerrero rode the trains all over the city, packing into crowded cars. 

It didn't take long to find obnoxious behavior. People pushed into trains before allowing other commuters off. Others spread across multiple seats, putting their feet up and getting comfortable.   
 
“Do you think it's rude putting your feet up on the seats in the subway?” Guerrero asked one man. 

“Absolutely,” he answered. 

One guy blocked the door with a big box, making it difficult to enter and exit the train.
 
“Some people would say it's rude to be blocking a door on a subway,” Guerrero told him.

“They don't say that,” he replied. 

“They don't say that? Well I just got in this train and you were blocking half the door,” she countered.

“I was here, but they don't say that," he replied. "Thank you very much."

Then there are the entertainers, boldly proclaiming, "It's showtime!" before showing off their flips, kicks and break-dancing in the middle of a subway car. Some people love them, but others not so much.

“What would you say to people who say, ‘These guys are rude, all I want to do is just have my personal space and my quiet,’” Guerrero asked one of the entertainers. 

“Sorry about that, we don't mean to be rude,” he answered. 

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