After 18 gruelling months of social isolation Londoners have returned to work in their droves.
But as nice as it has been to get back to work, one irritating aspect of city life has returned with it: rush hour.
The London Underground is the best transport network in the world, but it’s also one of the busiest leading to packed trains and no personal space during our commutes .
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And one frustrated commuter has clearly reached breaking point judging by their fiery Reddit post.
They said: “It annoys me so much when I see people being selfish on a busy train with a massive bag on their backs taking up a space that can easily accommodate two more people.
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“With London opening up, it almost feels like people have forgotten these basic unofficial passenger etiquettes…”
Their post clearly struck a nerve with hordes of Londoner’s descending on the replies to share similar gripes about backpackers.
One said: “That’s not unofficial. That’s official guidance from TFL! They used to have banner ads reinforcing it.”
And indeed, a quick check of TfL’s rules back up this claim, with the regulator asserting: “You must ensure that what you bring with you, such as your shopping or luggage, must not block a seat, the aisles and doors, stairs, lifts or passages.”
Another passenger plucked up the courage to admit that they had committed the cardinal sin.
They revealed: “I was on the tube on Friday and whacked someone with my bag and then it all came back to me.
“I hated myself for that moment.”
Another backpacker also admitted they had strayed from the sainted path and proffered an excuse.
They whined: “I tried to do this last week but I found it difficult to balance holding my camping backpack in one hand and my small suitcase in the other while getting on and standing in a rush hour carriage.
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“I just resorted to making my backpack face inside the crowd to avoid hitting people when swerving around while leaving the train.”
However as expected they weren’t humoured.
“Put them between your feet. Job done”, came the curt reply.
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