NYC subway sign campaign takes stand against rudeness

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Posted: Mar 04, 2015 2:29 PM
NYC subway sign campaign takes stand against rudeness

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's case for some of the world's rudest behavior is made every day in its subways. There's the woman casually clipping her fingernails, the man slurping an especially pungent dish under a fellow passenger's nose. And if nature calls, there are the riders who coat platforms with their urine.

Transportation officials are taking a stand against such behavior with signs in subway cars that urge basic etiquette in a tone that's part shaming, part scolding.

One signs tells passengers not to primp, saying "it's a subway car, not a restroom." Another takes on "manspreading," the practice of sitting with legs spread wide. And yet another chides riders to give up their seat up to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person, saying "you'll make your grandmother proud."