Hong Kong commuters left frustrated by rude travellers


21st September 2023 – (Hong Kong) Social media users in areas like Tuen Mun, North District and Tseung Kwan O have recently vented their frustrations with inconsiderate passengers on public transport. Based on responses, behaviours such as hogging seats, applying makeup, putting feet up that bug others are compounded by additional irritants, it seems.

A Tuen Mun resident shared photos on Facebook of a woman suspected of “occupying three seats to do her makeup, even putting her feet up…this happens daily”. In Tseung Kwan O, a commuter complained of “three unsupervised foreign male teenagers” on a bus. Meanwhile, a North District post criticised “this lady hogging two seats, then telling me to sit in the second row when asked to move her bag”.

Many netizens sympathised, with some directly labelling such acts “selfish” and stressing the need for mutual consideration in public spaces. One even predicted confrontations could “end up on the news someday”. However, others argued against publicly shaming individuals, with one commenting “if it was you getting photographed over such a minor issue, how would you feel?”.

While some suggested direct confrontation, others noted photos online would not solve the root issue. One flagged negative repercussions of “playing keyboard vigilante” without first trying polite communication. Some also acknowledged conditions may be out of passengers’ control due to hectic schedules.

Nevertheless, continuing incursions into others’ personal spaces frustrated commuters. Food consumption onboard and applying cosmetics nearby were called out as inconsiderate. One user mentioned repeatedly encountering “the same uncourteous crowds”, to little effect.

The debate highlighted contrasting views on addressing antisocial behaviour respectfully. Most agreed mutual tolerance and civility were needed to foster an enjoyable transport experience for all, though defining appropriate solutions remained challenging. Further discussion may be required to change entrenched habits in a dense, fast-paced urban setting.