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Today's Poll: 05/29/2015

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Police officers arrested subway riders in Brooklyn for "manspreading" (the practice of sitting in public transport with legs wide apart, thereby covering more than one seat). Do you think the arrests were appropriate? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
Yes, manspreading is an epidemic that needs to stop
No, people should be able to sit however they like
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Vickey1
on 05/29/15
you hog a spot where one of us old people can sit you ought to be arrested didn't you learn anything from your parents g rowing up ? i doubt it cause how we can't instill things in our kids these days like respect we get put in jail an kids taken away .
jukiebot
on 05/29/15
jacoh and 1 others liked this  
While I think that everyone needs to be more conscious of how much space they take up on public transportation arresting people for taking up too much room is taking things further than necessary. It's a waste of time for the police force to be tackling such things and unnecessary.
jacoh
on 05/29/15
Good Point!!
Hendricks24
on 05/29/15
Those people who said NO are the ones guilty of manspreading.
queenmaureen
on 05/29/15
JECorbs and 1 others liked this  
it is just like jaywalking , spitting on the sidewalk and numerous other infractions that offend the majority . manspreading is rude and offensive. a passive act to offend and bully the majority . so the answer is yes the reasoning to arrest is so they will pay the fine if ticketed they would probably and more than likely treat it like a parking ticket and we know how those go unpaid in the nyc area.
GuitarGod2105
on 05/29/15
jaywalking can cause accidents and spitting on the sidewalk is a health hazard. How a person sits poses no danger or health threat to anyone. It's annoying and rude, but it isn't going to hurt anyone. If someone feels bullied by the way anyone else is sitting, they should seek therapy.
LordDust
on 05/29/15
Arresting for minor infractions is cost prohibitive and a waste of tax payer dollars. If you accumulate enough unpaid tickets in many municipalities you get a mailed warning followed by an arrest warrant if you don't respond. This prevents clogging jails with minor infractions and still serves the public good. I also don't think ticketing and arresting just for offending the majority is a good rationale anyway. Law should be about preserving public safety, supporting economic activity, and protecting rights. Beyond that it should be a civil matter.
HimechanKK
on 05/29/15
No, people should sit in whatever position they'd like. Though, some may find it rude as you're taking up space where another can sit. Then, you have some people who don't wanna be next to another.
jacoh
on 05/29/15
In my church I am sitting next to a member that has his feet all spread apart, because he does that we have to sit a squished together, because someone doesn't gave any consideration. Taths Why I said these people should be arrested. BUT WHAT I WOULD LIKE IS THEY SHOULD BE TOLD SO, AND IF THEY DON'T LISRLTEN KICK THEM OUT.
CheshireCat726
on 05/29/15
Wow, I didn't even know what manspreading was until I took this poll. To me, how someone sits is their own business. Maybe some people have a good reason for not wanting someone to sit next to them.
GuitarGod2105
on 05/29/15
Arrested? That is all kinds of effed up. What kind of control freaks arrest people for how they sit? Kick them off the bus, maybe, but arrested? That is way too much government interference and it ought to scare the he** out of people.
TVstfne
on 05/29/15
Gowolf and 3 others liked this  
Rude, but not arrest-worthy
TacoSuperb
on 05/29/15
DBleu and 2 others liked this  
I can't believe they would arrest you in a sandwich restaurant for how you're sitting. Why are there cops at Subway anyways?
Wydowness
on 05/29/15
They mean subways as in the trains not the restaurant :)
jsbabes
on 05/29/15
DBleu liked this  
that was sarcasm at its finest.
crystalstone
on 05/29/15
brumsurveys liked this  
C Non of the above, they should be kicked off the train if they refuse to let others sit.
crystalstone
on 05/29/15
I hate typos, None of the above not non!
Mishy18
on 05/29/15
1PRExecutive liked this  
It's an issue and people who do it are rude, but arresting people for being rude doesn't sound right at all..
clarea1
on 05/29/15
brumsurveys liked this  
I don't think they should be arrested, but I have been on more than one form of public transportation where people do this and it is very annoying. I shouldn't have to ask a guy to close his legs so I could sit down. Guys should make room for women anyway. And if anyone says that's too sissified than those people need to learn some manners.
windshookrain
on 05/29/15
DBleu and 1 others liked this  
Arresting someone for this seems excessive, but it is an obnoxious and annoying thing to do - and I do think it negatively affects other riders enough to take action.

I saw some Asian countries have installed seats that tilt upwards slightly. If you're sitting normally you don't notice, but as soon as you sprawl out you quickly find there's not enough seat under your butt to support you. Brilliant solution, I think.
Dpowell2
on 05/29/15
that was strange
Midntlady769
on 05/29/15
DBleu and 3 others liked this  
I would ask them to sit right and if they refused I would give them a ticket for public nuisance.
SweetNancy77
on 05/29/15
I know these polls are silly and just an easy way to earn a Swagbuck, but really? So, the only reason they should be arrested for it is if it's against the law. If it's against the law, that is a silly law. And, really, it is quite rude, especially if the public transport is full.
psrdh
on 05/29/15
brumsurveys and 1 others liked this  
don't the police have more important things to do?
Mmart82
on 05/29/15
DBleu and 4 others liked this  
Just charge them double the price to ride the subway since they want to take up twice the amount of space needed.
CAS0503
on 05/29/15
Helen415 and 2 others liked this  
I think its inconsiderate, not arrestable!! But still rude.
SMuhammad19
on 05/29/15
POLICE STATE OF MIND......IT IS STUPID to sit like that BUT IT IS MORE INSANE TO GET ARRESTED FOR IT. IF You allow it to happen to one person it will happen to YOU for something else as Stupid.
ChanteuseAR
on 05/29/15
DBleu liked this  
Arrest them no, it's just plain rude. They sit and take up more than one seat when they could sit like a normal person and take up just one and won't relent when someone else needs to sit down and if you sit anyway, they press their legs against you in an inappropriate manner as though they OWN the seats. I don't believe for one minute what they've got down there needs that much space.
LisaES98
on 05/29/15
I think it's rude but seriously, arrestable?? Honestly I think dudes just need to be shamed about it; I'd have no problem asking someone to rein it in if I needed to sit down and anyone sitting like that would (hopefully) only do so if there were plenty of seats available at the time.
queenmaureen
on 05/29/15
ticketing probably would work to correct the rudeness but then who is to say that they would pay the ticket it is nyc area. so arresting pay the ticket to get out works better .
CNSninja
on 05/29/15
GuitarGod2105 liked this  
So the government using extortion is okay because they're profiting? Gross.
chippeehackee
on 05/29/15
No, as long as there are enough seats for everybody onboard. I DO think it's rude and inappropriate, though. Parents need to train their kids to have proper manners, and then this problem will largely be solved.
elisapizza
on 05/29/15
RUDE DUDES
Les72
on 05/29/15
So. . . are they also arresting individuals who are "heavier" than average, thereby covering more than one seat by default.
Trader
on 05/29/15
BigTDogg220 and 3 others liked this  
There has to be something missing on the facts here. Was the man's rude behavior causing a disturbance? Did he refuse to cooperate with transit police? With additional facts I might vote for an arrest. Leaving out important facts is a basic strategy for a defense lawyer to gain sympathy.
Sphensen
on 05/29/15
I believe they were minorities and arrested close to midnight
alhh328
on 05/29/15
gothwil liked this  
Is this not a colossal waste of time for officers?
CNSninja
on 05/29/15
If you sit like that then you should be sentenced to wear a sign around your neck that says "I'm an incompetent human being who doesn't understand how to be compassionate. If you see me attempting to procreate, stop me immediately." I think arresting someone for sitting that way is at least exactly as out of line as a human behavior as actually sitting like this daehtihs though.
cassiemarvin
on 05/29/15
360cid and 5 others liked this  
There needs to be a "That's just rude but arrest is a bit extreme." choice.
Biscuit9396
on 05/29/15
sher60 liked this  
I would hope if they were sitting like that & someone else needed a seat that they would have the common decency to move over some. Maybe give them a ticket & not arrest them until they have like 5 tickets already for it.
alfie87
on 05/29/15
As a public transportation rider, I can tell you that manspreaders usually do not offer the extra seat to another person.
LetaDarnell
on 05/29/15
I think an arrest is bit too much. Also, why not just call it 'leg speading'?
AMBERSALLEY
on 05/29/15
alfie87 liked this  
not a yes or no question-there are too many variable-are they taking up space that is needed by someone else? If there is plenty of room, it doesn't matter. If it is crowded and taking up space from other people then thats another story-BUT-don't the cops have better things to do with thier time?
danyeln
on 05/29/15
chalison and 1 others liked this  
Arrest seems a bit harsh but they should not get to take up more than one seat.
KimberlyBoggs77
on 05/29/15
raveninarmor13 liked this  
I don't agree with arresting them? Seems a little harsh, however, as busy as they are on the Subway, I could see ticketing them for taking up more space than needed. However, if there is nobody around them or standing waiting for a seat, then no harm, no foul.
smyles04
on 05/29/15
chalison and 1 others liked this  
Not arrested, everyone paid their fare to sit, so they shouldn't take up more space. I see this a lot in los Angeles. I would give a fine.
LordDust
on 05/29/15
Fertility doctors actually recommend sitting with legs spread for men with lower sperm counts to help make sure there isn't too much heat. This is only the first reason I can think of that this is a problem. I can see taking action if the car gets crowded and the guy doesn't have a medical reason and still refuses to make room, but otherwise this seems silly and excessive.
asunnysnowman
on 05/29/15
We have no subways here.
alfamaniac
on 05/29/15
How about a ticket or a fine? Sheesh.
snowflak03
on 05/29/15
raveninarmor13 liked this  
I think an arrest would be a little over the top. Being rude is not necessarily a crime...
tinmantoo
on 05/29/15
Lock 'em up forever. God forbid anyone should "manspread." So unladylike!
Pajamaday
on 05/29/15
What about issuing fines for seat hogging? They could be processed like parking tickets. Non payment of tickets would then lead to court. They would need to post these procedures before they are put in place to warn passengers in advance.
queenmaureen
on 05/29/15
yes because it is just rude. there is other people that would like to sit down on those long routes.
gymrat56
on 05/29/15
arresting people because they are rude? Wow! -guess you will be the one to 'cast the first stone'? Be careful.
nikos1978
on 05/29/15
Such a poorly written blog it would take me too long to explain. Can you please go back to how polls used to be?
StacyRenee09
on 05/29/15
CNSninja and 1 others liked this  
I don't think people should be arrested for how they are sitting. Now I can see an officer asking him to make room getting a rude or violent response that ended in an arrest. Honestly I think all the facts are withheld in stories like this to rile people up.
ElwoodBlues
on 05/29/15
It's awkward and I would rather that they sit normal and I would hope that they would sit normal if there was limit seating available but this is not putting anyone in danger so it should not be a police matter.
Kekky2
on 05/29/15
I can see how an arrest would be necessary if the man refused to make room for someone when no other room was available, but if he was just sitting then there is no reason.
mamapadawan
on 05/29/15
alindanielsmom and 1 others liked this  
I'm really sick of the criminalization of *everything*. My father always said "there's no law against being an a$$hole". Bad manners and rude behavior are annoying and frustrating, but they shouldn't be criminalized.
bluedragondianna
on 05/29/15
LLMedley and 1 others liked this  
I can not believe that so many believe that someone should be arrest for the way they are sitting! Wake up people we are slowly loosing our freedom each and every day. Maybe the cops should be more focused on solving actual crimes like murder or kidnaping instead of arresting people for sitting to widely. WTH people WAKE UP!!!!
rsmikulin
on 05/29/15
bubblegum9153572 and 1 others liked this  
The answers are too restrictive. It's horribly rude and should stop -- like many other forms of rudeness -- but it doesn't seem like it should be an arresting offense.

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