There’s nothing quite like a commute on public transportation in a major city. It really does bring out the worst in people. Still, it’s best to remain civil and not give in to your baser impulses, as this story reminds us.
Matt Buckland is the head of talent and recruiting at London-based Forward Partners. He was interviewing for a Python developer (not related to actual snakes), and one day he happened to have what is a sadly average interaction on the London Tube.
“I was on my way into work on the Tube on Monday morning during rush hour. I stood to one side to let a lady get by, and ended up blocking a man momentarily. He shoved past me, almost knocking me over, and shouted,” Buckland told the BBC.
However, it later turned out that the rude guy who had yelled at him was actually on his way to an interview with Buckland.
“It was totally awkward,” he said of the interview. “So I approached it by asking him if he’d had a good commute that morning. We laughed it off and in a very British way I somehow ended up apologizing.”
The job is still open, though Buckland adds the applicant wasn’t rejected because of the commute incident.