The whole Pinoy blogosphere/youtube/twitter probably already knows about this girl (now known as The Rude Passenger), seemingly in a college uniform, screaming her head off at a lady security guard at the Light Rail Transit (LRT) station. You can find the tweets about this using the hashtag #amalayer.
EDIT: Rumor has it that Rude Passenger is suing so this video might be taken down. It is linked to youtube (I didn't save and uploaded this to blogger).
Follow the jump read my thoughts on this...
There are two railways going through Manila and/or Makati City: Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and the Light Rail Transit. The Metro Rail Transit goes along ESDA, while the LRT transit goes through everywhere else. The reason I can't tell you where it goes through is because I don't frequent LRT as much as I do the MRT.
On a rush hour, the scenario is very similar on both railways: HELL. ON. EARTH. It's a black hole of people going in and out of trains. To the newbies, please avoid taking the trains in the morning (opening time to 8am), and the late afternoon to early evening (4 through 7pm).
Hell Doesn't Start on the Platform. The video is taken in one of the stations. What you'd do is go up a few flights of stairs (usually tiled for LRT). This amounts to approximately a floor and a half to two floors. When you get to the station itself, you would have to fall in line for the bag inspection. Everyone would have to form a single file line (usually, one for male and one for female passengers). This is where your experience really starts. A few weeks ago, I had to go through the Magallanes MRT Station to get home, on a Friday (where everyone seems to be at the MRT Stations). There were people coming from all directions, trying to get through to four guards to have their bags inspected. It was the prime situation for a stampede. Luckily, that didn't happen.
After that, you need to fall in line to get your card. This serves as your ticket. The line is usually not very long on lag times and several windows would be open to accommodate as many passengers as possible. On a rush hour, this stretches miles (figuratively). At the MRT Ayala Station, this is a nightmare. Four to five windows would be open to get your ticket. At any given rush hour, this could take a long time. For the Ayala Station, your bags get inspected after you get your ticket.
When you get to the platform, a few groups of people would be collected around where the car doors would open. You need to get to back of the line. Or, if you're sneaky, stand close to the sides. When the cars come, and the doors, open, you could squeeze your way in together with the people at the front. Yes, this happens all the time. Please do this at your own risk. I would never do this because you could literally get pushed out. Yes, PEOPLE WILL PUSH YOU OUT. Even if you're in the all-girls car. In fact, girls can be nastier even in their corporate attires. It's normal to lose your temper, just like Rude Passenger. You could hear swearing, and screaming. There would be a lot of shoving to get in. In Japan, it's normal to be pushed together towards the middle of the train. In the Philippines, this is done with a bit of malice. If not, a lot of pent up anger.
I am really not surprised with Rude Passenger's behavior. I see this all the time. It's a little surprising that this would get so much hits, when nastier things have happened. Since I usually go to the all-girl cars, I have yet to see the other sections. But what I've seen is pretty graphic as it is.
And to quote one of the passengers that I've had a chance to ride with: (after a shoving incident) "Mga babae po iyan!"
This is the sequel to this story: http://theislandgirl018.blogspot.com/2012/11/kainitan-ng-ulo-kainitan-ng-ulo.html
TAGS: #amalayer, LRT, MRT, Rude Passenger,