Etiquette Tuesday: Expanding…to the Metro.

[ 2 ] March 24, 2015 |


Etiquette Tuesday has been forced to expand on the tips of the week.  WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) will make you do it.  Catching the metro on a regular basis creates new material for etiquette even if that etiquette does not include food.  This week’s tip is:  Share the Pole.  If you catch the metro during any part of rush hour, you understand the lack of hand space to maintain your balance.  Besides the upper hand grips provided, the backs of the metro chairs and poles in the middle of the train are the only things that passengers have to hold on to for balance on the unstable train ride.  Nothing irks me more than the person that leans their entire body on the pole, which makes it impossible for anyone else to hold on to.

This pole is not for body leaning people.  It is for holding.  Please. Stop. Doing. This.  No one else has put out the memo on this so my weekly rant was the perfect time to introduce the idea to the general public.  Some people do this unconsciously and some people are fully conscious of what they are doing.  Either way, let us all try to be more considerate on the metro.  Everyone is trying to get through the ping-pong match during rush hour.  We should work together so that there is some level of comfort in one of the most uncomfortable parts of our day.  Deal?


Category: Etiquette Tuesday, Washington D.C.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Sarah Morris says:

    Absolutely agree. Drives me crazy. Same thing goes for the bus (which I take to work here in the DMV). Great idea expanding etiquette tips to the Metro; Lord knows people need help there. 🙂

  2. Johnna says:

    Hahaha!! Thanks @Sarah!!

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