Overheard: Encouragement on the Fulton-5

18th February 2004

Scenario: A pushy man gets on the bus with a cart too big for the aisle. He stands just next to the bus driver. The driver tells him to move, so he shuffles back about a foot and stands with his cart in front of an older woman. She expresses concern; he ignores her; she reiterates. All the dialogue below is hers:

You can’t stand here.

(Pause)

You’re in people’s way.

(Pause)

I said you’re in people’s way!

(The bus driver tells the man to find a place to sit down. The man shuffles back a bit more.)

(Victorious now.) You hear him? That’s it.

Keep movin’.

You’re doin’ fine.

Keeeeep movin’.