common sense, might be the word that instinctively strikes your mind and words you would relate to when it comes to such manners.
people in this senario:
the watchers (my friend and i)
the huggers (a couple hugging passionately in the mid of an escalator)
the time-rushers (another couple rushing for time, from level 1 aheading to 3 on a single escalator)
Props: the long escalator (travels slow; takes people from level 1 all the way to level 3 and enough to accomodate 2 persons of average mass standing side by side)
yesterday, i was travelling on the long escalator with a friend of mine, and we were talking away. the huggers, standing 5 steps ahead of us, who displayed PDA happily hugging each other in the mid of the long escalator. they didn't move and allowed the escalator to bring them throughout the levels, as if they were in a romance movie. i thought such behaviour is inconsiderate and would definitely cause inconvenience to anyone who might be rushing for time.
true enough, along came another couple - the time rushers, who are probably rushing for movie since that is where the escalator will lead us to. i could see their urgency since they started running when they began at level 1. my friend and i aligned ourselves such that anyone who came rushing up the escalator could make their way through without opening their mouths. then the time-rushers were stuck at that segment where the huggers were. i think the girl (in the time-rushers) did said "excuse me", you can roughly tell from the body language/ their gestures from the back.
the huggers, who seem to live in their own world momentarily, didn't move. the girl aggressively just brushed her way through, with her bf following behind.
the huggers knocked up by the time-rushers looked displeased, especially the girl hugger. she said something to her bf with a frowning look.
then i looked at my friend, shook my head and said "see, this is what i call Dumb!" (referring to the huggers)
I had experienced on many occasions of people who remained stagnant on escalators blocking the way, when your footwork obviously is loud enough to give a hint to them to give way. for courtesy or safety purposes, keeping the practice of leaving a path for others to get through isn't that difficult if you are too tired to walk on.
what are your experiences on that? what is your opinion? any practice or rules applied for escalator manners in your country? discuss!