NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A newly-published video showed a woman refusing to move over on the subway when another passenger asked to sit down.
The video, taken on an unspecified date and released by LiveLeak via YouTube on Sunday, shows a woman sitting on the bench seat and apparently crocheting on an N Train somewhere close to the Times Square-42nd Street station.
The seated woman tells another woman seen standing up that she is getting off at the next stop, and demands that the standing woman wait to sit down despite there being enough space for two people on the bench seat.
When the standing woman tries to sit down, the seated woman says, “Don’t put your butt on my hand!”
“I’m going to tell you right now, you’re going to wait,” the seated woman says as she points her finger at the standing woman.
She tells the standing woman that she will not be moving or making space until getting off.
The confrontation continues as the seated woman appears to become irate and says: “Step out of my face! Have some pride and stop asking to sit down and move away from me!”
“Listen, this is not your house to be crocheting on the train,” the standing woman protests.
The seated woman then gets up as the train reaches 42nd Street.
“This is my stop, so you’re lucky,” she says.
The incident came not long after the MTA launched a new “Courtesy Counts” campaign aimed at curbing rudeness.
The effort involves signs in subway cars that would make Miss Manners proud, reminding riders of the most rudimentary etiquette in a tone that’s part shaming, part scolding.
Another sign takes on one of the most common complaints,“manspreading,” the practice of (mostly) men sprawling in their seats with their legs spread wide. “Dude — Stop the spread, please. It’s a space issue,” it reads.
Says another: “Offer your seat to an elderly, disabled, or pregnant person. Not only is it the right thing to do, but you’ll make your grandmother proud.”
When asked about the incident that was recently captured on video, the MTA referred CBS2 to the campaign.
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