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Kindness Wins on the Subway

From InfoBeat News, 3/31/99:

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's subway conductors will be allowed to keep saying the magic word.  The city transit agency decided Tuesday that it doesn't take too long, after all, to say "please" before asking riders to "stand clear of the closing doors." Earlier this week, the agency said conductors could help speed train service, and save five seconds at every stop, by dropping the word "please." But the idea didn't sit well with riders and commuter advocates who insisted there is always enough time to be polite.  Transit officials were forced to quickly admit that the idea was silly.  "We are still going to come up with a way to make the announcements more concise but without making them less polite," transit spokesman Al O'Leary said.