Manspreading could soon be a thing of the past, after it was officially banned in Madrid.
The irritating trend, which sees blokes push their legs out over two or even three seats, has been outlawed in the Spanish capital, and people are now calling for it to be banned in the UK too.
Madrid’s Municipal Transportation Company (EMT) confirmed that signs will be put up on public transport reminding guys to stick to their own personal space.
“The new information icon indicates the prohibition of taking a seating position that bothers other people,” a statement from the group read.
“It’s to remind transport users to maintain civic responsibility and respect the personal space of everyone on board.“
New signs, showing a man spread out with a huge red ‘X’ in the corner, will be included next to others that warn against banned actions like putting feet on seats, littering and smoking.
It comes after Madrid citizens launched the #MadridSinManspreading hashtag, which pulled guys up online for taking up too much room.
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A petition followed, which included the message: “Manspreading is the practice of certain men sitting with their legs wide open on public transport, taking up other people’s space.
“It’s not difficult to see women with their legs shut and very uncomfortable because there is a man next to them who is invading their space with his legs.”
The petition proved successful, and with the #manspreading hashtag capturing people abusing other people’s personal space on the tube every day, the act could well be banned in the UK soon too.