Bonjour Metro

This week the Brussels public transport network is launching a “civility” campaign, encouraging people to be nice, or at least not actively rude, to fellow passengers. As I was standing on the metro platform this morning an announcement informed us that today was “Bonjour Metro” day, and that we should all turn and say “Bonjour” to the person on our left.

Just as the message was finishing, the train pulled up and a fight broke out between a man and a teenage boy, one pushing his way onto the train, the other pushing back, struggling to get out.

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4 thoughts on “Bonjour Metro

  1. Erik R. May 5, 2010 / 2:36 pm

    Bonjour Metro, along with your description, sounds like a bad Jean Claude Van Damme movie. But then my mind was just primed by this.

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  2. Di May 6, 2010 / 6:52 pm

    You made me giggle, despite the sneezing/blowing nose thing that was going on at the time.

    It used to give me the horrors when the priest or the minister would ask us to turn to our neighbours and greet. As children, we lived in terror of one of ‘those’ services.

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  3. Laura May 6, 2010 / 7:47 pm

    I heard this message when I was getting the metro home today – it was just after another message telling us the metro was broken, and ten minutes before the driver of the next train decided to try his best to give us all whiplash by not braking till the last possible second at Louise. The good news is that the man next to me spoke to me about it – friendly! The bad news is that I have absolutely no idea what he said.

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