This marks the first post in an occasional series where I document incidences where CTA riders could be more polite.
We're southbound on the Red Line. Two guys are sitting in the flip-up seat for wheelchairs by the exit, furiously working their phones. At Granville, a passenger in a wheelchair boards and with the help of the motorman, parks in the empty spot by the door right by them.
As we approach Sheridan, the two guys get up to disembark, still texting and surfing their phones while talking to each other. And another woman also is standing right nearby, texting on her phone.
As we pull into the station, the wheelchair-bound man plaintively asks the young men: "Can you please help me flip up the seat?"
They ignore him.
He asked again: "Can you please help me lift up the seat."
They ignore him. Again. And then exited the train.
Meanwhile, the nearby young woman, still working her phone, pressed the call button and then exited the train without even glancing at the man.
The motorman inquired, "What's the matter?"
The wheelchair guy responded, and the motorman bounded out of his "office" and helped him out.
The other three people couldn't do anything to help? No. They were just too busy on their phones.
And very inconsiderate and impolite.