Friday, August 13, 2010

Southern Hospitality = DEAD and GONE

Lets rewind back to Wednesday.......

*insert rewind noise here*

Booth R2453. <----If you're ever in the city and come across this booth number with the above train attendant don’t bother asking for help. As you know, Dani and I have talked several times about our train debacle's and how we are constanly getting lost on the train, so its no surprise that we walk to the wrong side of the subway entrance 5 out of 10 times a day.(Can someone please help in indentifying which side to go to without having to play eeny, meeny, miny, moe?!?!) Side note: I don’t know about you, but this is what I call PROGRESS!! At least we are at the CORRECT stop just the wrong side. Now before I go on, there are some things you must know: Once you swipe your metro pass you cant re-swipe it until 18mins later (this prevents people from sharing a pass). So if you go on the wrong side its inevitable that you will have to re-swipe your card. Most times when we go on the wrong side we go the attendant on the correct side and explain the situation, and it goes something like this:
Me: "Hello kind sir, we swiped our card on the other side but realized it was the wrong train would you be so kind and buzz us in on this side?"
Attendant: "Ok go through those doors."

Simple as that right. Well not at booth R2453. Convo went like this:

Me: "Hello kind sir we swiped our card on the other side but realized it was the wrong train, would you please let us in?" (notice I even said please)

Attendant: "Why did you go on the wrong side, did you not read the signs? (His tone made it sound more like, “Are you dumb can you not read the sign”) NO, Im not letting you in you need to learn how to read the signs and know where your going."

At this point I'm still thinking ok let me just use some of my sweet southern charm to get him to lighten up
Me: (smiling) "Well sir we are new to town, 4 days to be exact and we are still trying to get the hang of this whole public transportation thing. So can you please let us in?"

Attendant: "No, I’m not letting you in, you're just going to have to wait 18min until your card re-activates."

Me: "But sir we are new and made a simple mistake"
Attendant: "Do you know how many people do this a day. So I don’t want to hear it."

Me: (at this point I see he's not budging so I start to turn on my newly found New Yorker persona) "Are you seriously not going to let us in?! I mean this is stupid we made a mistake. Now let us in!" (not in those exact words, but I was no longer the southern bell that I was 5 min ago, I was giving him the 'tude he deserved)

Attendant: "No I’m not letting you in you can stand over there and wait."

REALLY dude?!? Is it that serious. I couldn’t believe he was so rude! After watching countless people go in Dani says, "It feels like we are at recess and we have to watch all the other kids go play because we are in time out. "Guess we're not in Kansas any more Toto....." :)

~Jamee J.


  1. Great Blog. First I'll address the attendant. Understand this, new yorkers are rude and the city employees are worse. As a native Bklyn dude now living in Houston TX, I've had to become a bit tactful in my speech. You cannot take to heart a rude person, you cannot let how they say something affect you personally, but if somebody disrespects you-of course that's another story.
    2nd I dont understand how you go on the wrong side of the platform at times but its like this...if you go on the wrong side you can either A take the train anyway and transfer and come back the way you need to, or B know where you are going because the sign would say whether you're going uptown, bronx, queens and brooklyn. or C ask somebody, a true new yorker that has a sec loves to give directions.

  2. Oh Jamie, You are having a hard time in the big city and I like the blog. I am gonna follow you. This blog reminds me of the movie "Julie and Julia"(great movie by the way). I am so country I wouldn't know how to navigate the mean streets of New York. I am very proud of you girl!!!1

  3. Jamee Jones, keep being you, no matter what anyone says, you know who you are and don't let anyone,not even the crazy rude folks you have encountered on your journey, define who you are!I am very proud of you! And there is nothing wrong with being flashy, as long as you know how to be