It is time to highlight another species of rude Metro rider. We’ve met the Pole Hugger and the Window Seat Blocker. Here’s the Wheely Bagger.
Now you can find these people on almost every Metro car with the luggage-style bags with attached wheels and extensible handles. It’s OK if you are going to the airport. I’ll cut you some slack there. I think the primary offenders are the commuters who lug these things around every day.
First, do they really need all that stuff? Maybe it is a symptom of the recession, where these people are sharing a space and need to take their entire office home with them every night.
Second, my major beef is a lot of the Wheely baggers don’t know how to steer these things. I’m almost ready to demand they get a license to drive these things. Listen idiots, you can’t make sharp turns while dragging these things behind you. You will trip someone or at best run over someone’s toes. Imagine the wreck when they cut off someone staring at their smartphone.
I understand if you have to carry a lot of stuff and it’s too heavy to carry the suitcase by hand. But a lot of times I see healthy grown men with wheeling these tiny bags behind them. You are not too weak to carry whatever it is you have in there. I doubt you are a brick salesman, so really your laziness could end up causing someone their life if they trip over you and fall onto the tracks. You need to pick up your bag or surrender your man card.
Full disclosure: I now use a bag that happens to have wheels and an extensible handle. My previous backpack was getting old and tattered. I didn’t want to buy a new one and since we already had a wheeled one were weren’t using, I began to take it every day. I’ve never used it as a wheely bag because I’ve never had it so full that I could not carry it on my back. That’s the point: don’t be lazy just because you can; you might end up endangering the safety of others, and becoming the subject of an angry blog post.