just about an hour and a half ago, i was in the train station on my way to work. as with my usual routine inside the station, i went to spot where the floor markings indicated where the train doors would be. there were 2 other people in front of me so i went behind the last one who had crew-cut hair and black shirt.
and then all of a sudden a man went to the side and stood right beside the first guy in the queue. i don’t know what was going through my mind, really, since i would usually just let this thing pass and ignore it. but today was different. i tapped on the guy’s shoulder and told him, “ser, may pila po.”
his response was, “oo pero andito yung arrow eh. so dapat dito yung pila. dito yung tama.” pointing to the floor markings. “iyon, pa-ganun. ito, pa-ganun.” pointing out how the arrows indicate where those people should be going in and going out of the train. the guy in front of me concurred with me and said, “ser, sumunod na lang po tayo sa pila.” the middle-aged man repeated his reply and completely ignored us.
at this point, i pulled out my cellphone and took his picture. i’m sure he heard the ‘click’ sound my phone made when i took his picture. i wasn’t trying to hide the fact that i was taking his picture anyway. whenever he’d notice i put my phone up to snap a picture, he’d look away. probably felt guilty, i guess.
then the train came and he boarded. it was only enough to fit the two guys in front of me and him. while he climbed into the train, he took out his phone and attempted to snap my picture. even held it out and i’m sure i could’ve grabbed it from him the way he carelessly held the phone. hehe. i only wished i was smiling while he took my picture.
i couldn’t pin what kind of guy he was. he was wearing his gray shirt tucked into his jeans and wearing gray AND1 rubber shoes with something like pink piping. he carried a clear file case envelope with purple handles with lots of papers and keeps his wallet in his rear left pocket. office clerk? agent? desk officer in PNP? he had his glasses on a cord so that would mean he does a lot of reading/looking at papers, wouldn’t it? didn’t notice, though, if he wore a watch or not. my other regret is perhaps that i took pictures instead of video. i would’ve made him famous on the internetz if posted his video. almost became part of a new #amalayer trend. heehee
but seriously, after the incident, i felt some fear. what if he had a weapon? what if he was in a position to inflict harm on me away from the train station? what if he knew people who could? wouldn’t it be a stupid thing to die just because of not falling in a queue?