Travelling on the London Underground can be a character building experience, to say the least. At times you can feel like a farm animal in a claustophobic pen, being pushed and elbowed into a corner, face pressed against pane, or worse still: into the pungent armpit of some stinking commuter. That’s not to mention the signal failures, suspect packages and extorionate fares that go with it.
So to get it off my chest I thought I’d share with you my top 11 reasons for loathing the London Underground:
1. The people who stand on the left-hand side of the escalator despite the fact they can clearly see that everyone below them is standing to the right. Does that not seem odd to them?
2. The same person looking highly offended/shocked when someone says ‘excuse me’, and then the subsequent overly dramatic look up and down the escalator to establish that, yes, they are the only idiot standing on the wrong side of the escalator
3. The fact that Transport for London can’t make the tubes cool even when it’s freezing outside
4. The people who stand in front of the end of carriage windows when it’s stuffy and don’t bother to open the window
5. Or the person who opens the window and then stands there fully blocking all the air that’s coming in
6. People who think, despite the fact it’s rush hour, they should still be able to stand and read a newspaper while you cram yourself into a corner
7. Tourists who leave their bags on the platform and then wander off, leaving the rest of us to nervously stare at the bag willing it not to explode
8. People who stop at the top of escalators – how stupid do you have to be to not consider all the people behind you needing to also get off. Move idiots!
9. People who get trapped in the ticket gates despite there being a luggage gate right next to them. Doh!
10. Idiots that don’t move down the carriage and then look shocked and offended when you barge past them with a loud ‘tut’
What do you hate about travelling on the tube? Use the comments box below to share. Don’t be shy!