Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What's the Kindest Act you've Seen on Metro?

Metro seems to bring out the worst in a lot of people. One reader once commented that Metro is "thunderdome between the faregates." That's often true, so it's nice to hear stories like this.

From Lindsay:
The other morning on the Orange Line, I saw a blind woman standing in the middle of a car on a super packed train.

As we approached Foggy Bottom, where the morning Orange crush is most crowded, I noticed the woman begin to look as if she was going to get off the train there. I wondered how she was going to make it through the crowd.

When we pulled in, she wasn't making much progress through the crowd. I'm not sure if it was indifference by the people or that people didn't think there was any place to move, but when the doors opened, there was no way she was going to get out in time at the pace she was going.

Just then, this guy leapt out of one of the inside seats and in a stern voice, said "let the blind woman out of the train."

He then made his way up to her, asked her something and then began to politely but sternly clear the people out of the way as she held his arm.

They made it out, and he had just enough time to hop back on before the doors closed.
What's the kindest act you've seen on Metro?

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