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Six types of annoying people you see on the MRT

Andy Yong
Andy Yong

Published: 21 January 2016, 7:25 PM

These are the people we do not wish to see during our daily commute.

On top of MRT breakdowns and peak hour crowds, we have to endure inconsiderate and rude behaviour on trains too.

Here are some of the worst types of people that we might have encountered on our daily commute.

1. The crying kid 

Others may find them cute, but to me, kids are the worst kind of public nuisances you can encounter. Being trapped in a train cabin with them is one of my pet peeves.

Most of the time, they will be running playfully around the cabin. When they accidentally fall down and burst out crying, most commuters usually look concerned and go “Awww!”.

I just roll my eyes and turn up the volume on my earphones. #sorrynotsorry

I HOPE I DO NOT COME ACROSS AS A HORRIBLE PERSON.

2. The fake sleeper

They are usually found on the reserved seat, using their phones. The moment an elderly, disabled or pregnant person comes in, the sleeper immediately decides that it is time for some shut eye.

Throughout the whole journey, no amount of shakes and jerks caused by the train can wake them up. However, they miraculously wake up at the exact moment the train reaches their stop.

3. The MRT music player

Their huge headphones have no sound isolation whatsoever, to the extent that they might as well carry around a pair of speakers. Also, they ONLY listen to either metal or EDM. There is no in between.

A rare occurrence, but when you spot one of these people you just know the rest of your journey is ruined.

THEY SAY THAT PROGRESS BEGINS WITH EDUCATION.

4. The PDA couple

To be fair, you can spot these people everywhere, not just on public transport. But when you do run into a PDA couple on the train, you are going to have to endure their non-stop kissing and inappropriate groping for the rest of your journey.

Parents will have to hide their kids from such excessive displays of affection, while the rest of us are forced to cover our mouths to stop ourselves from puking.

THREE WORDS, NOTICE YOUR SURROUNDINGS.

5. The kanchiong spider

There are some people (usually aunties), who get off their seat and make their way to the train door a good few minutes before their stop. Which is perfectly fine in an uncongested train.

But during peak hour… oh my god. When the train is moving at full speed and people are already having a hard time keeping their balance, that is when they strike. They barge their way through everyone, using their grocery bags as a shield till they get to the door.

WHAT I SAY TO MYSELF WHEN I ENCOUNTER ONE OF THEM.

6. The ‘rock’

No, not Dwayne Johnson. Some people are so engrossed in their phones that they are oblivious to their surroundings. In a crowded train, where commuters move in to make space for others to board, these people stand their ground, refusing to move—just like a rock.

Out of the six types of annoying people that we have just featured, which do you think is the worst?

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