Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Now, I'm going to throw out there that I do not really like people to begin with. There are exceptions, of course, but in general I'm not a fan of my species. Every once in a while, things happen that make me go "See. SEE?! -THIS- is why I hate you people!" One of these things happened yesterday.
I had just left kickboxing and was going to the subway. The station I get on at has the street level, the level with the turnstiles and collector, and the subways one level lower. On the middle level with the turnstiles, there is a kiosk in the larger area between the stairways/escalators going to the subways (and there is one set of stairs and one escalator for each of the directions in just that one area), plus another set of stairs going up further off to get to the buses.
As I was coming down from the street to the collector booth, I could hear a woman yelling but couldn't hear what. The southbound train had clearly recently gotten there, as there was a very large number of people coming from that side of the station and exiting or going to the buses. I finally heard what the woman was yelling, and saw the woman in question, as I was going through the turnstiles. It actually shocked me so much that I stopped dead in my tracks and actually stared dumbfounded at the huge group of people just walking by her.
It was a somewhat older woman, probably in her late 40s. And she was blind. Clearly so, as she had her white cane out very visibly in her hand. She was in the large area near the kiosk repeatedly yelling "Excuse me! How do I get upstairs?!"
And every. single. person. walked right by her and ignored her.
Are you kidding me? Honestly, is what you're going to do at 1:30pm on a Tuesday SO BLOODY IMPORTANT that you can't stop for five seconds to HELP A BLIND WOMAN find her way? I couldn't believe it.
I ended up walking over to her and asking her whether she was looking for the street or the buses. I have never seen such a look of relief pass over someone's face, and she must have thanked me at least ten times for stopping. Apparently she had been there through at least two subways full of people that wouldn't help. She said she was trying to find the buses, and I offered to either tell her where to go or take her there myself. She took the offer of my leading her there, which took me all of ten seconds to do. She was fine at the bottom of the stairs, so I left her there and mentioned which bus was on which side when she got to the top. And then I went on my own way, without even missing a subway in the time it took me to do that. (And really, even if I had, there's going to be another one. Sheesh)
What the f is wrong with people these days? Good lord..