This morning, I chastised a fellow bus passenger (who also happens to work in the same agency I do)… now I’m wondering if I just should have kept my mouth shut.
A bit of background: I normally ride public transit every day, as do many others in my agency, including the person I chastised. Previously (about a year or two ago), I had observed her removing her sandals and placing her barefeet upon the bus seats…this made me uneasy because to me, that’s just unsanitary–I mean, it’s something a kid would do, not a grown adult–you’re on public transit, for god;'s sake, not home in your easy chair! I didn’t say anything that time, but thought to myself tha if I ever saw her do it again, I would.
Welll, this morning we were both on the same bus. It’s not a hot or humid morning either, very pleasant. I’m sitting in one of the side facing seatss and she takes a seat facing front directly next to my seat. Then proceeds to slip her feet out of her sandals and prop them up on the edge of my seat. Uh oh … my moment of truth has arrived… do I say something or stay silent again? Ok, I spoke up this time, “Excuse me, but could you please not do that? It’s unsanitary. Please take your feet off the seat and put them back in you sandals.”
She looked at me like I was crazy but she did remove her feet from the seat. She did not, however, slip them back into her sandals. I don’t know what to think of this person. I defintely don’t want to sit next to her on the bus again though. I probably won’t ever say anything to her again either, but … geesh,!
So … did I go too far or what?!