Friday, May 1, 2009

Not-So-Good News Friday

Good News Friday didn't start off that great today. On the subway this morning, a couple got on the train arguing with... I should say, screaming at... each other. They proceeded to argue at rising volume levels for about 6 stops, and you could tell everyone in the car was shifting in their seats getting really uncomfortable and wondering whether they personally should step in. I couldn't understand much of what the girl was saying besides "I'm going to call the cops" and "You're retarded" (I hate when people say that). But I could hear everything the guy was saying and it was really upsetting to me. He mentioned that she was a bitch who needed to get her [vulgar name for a lady part] cleaned and who was ugly. He kept saying he would slam her head through glass, for example through the subway window glass, and that he didn't care if she called the cops on him because it would be worth it and he would make bail anyway. He dared her to come over and stand next to him (she was sitting across the aisle) and he would show her right now. He repeated some version of these violent ramblings over and over again at top volume until they got off at 96th street (and continued in the 96th street station, I could hear him as the doors closed). I have to say, I honestly didn't know what to do. I just really hope that she DID call the cops. Or that someone in the station did. I feel horrible for not doing something, but I just didn't know what I could do. I was hands-down the smallest person on the train today. I was kind of hoping someone would say something then and there, but I think everyone was terrified of the guy. But I feel horrible for that girl. It was a scary scary scenario and it made me want to help her and other people like her.

I really think Good News Friday is called for today of all days. So stay tuned to my next post to read something happier.


Ben said...

It's difficult to know what to do in those situations. I once saw a guy expose himself to two women on a train in Madrid. The guy was at least 220lbs and very drunk. Talk about awkward and feeling small. No one said or did anything.

Maybe you were on What Would You Do and they were just actors.

Hope the rest of the day picked up.

Lisa said...

I really really hope I was on What Would You Do.

Thanks Ben :)