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It's paltry by public

Post by Elvistears » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:23 am

Can there be a thread for people who don't like public transport? I've spent too much of my life on cold platforms.

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Post by humblebee » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:50 am

Pah.

Get a soul!

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Post by Elvistears » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:44 am

My soul got cold, waiting for a train. I think I left it in one of those horrible station cafes where you pay 8089 pounds for a limp sandwich served by someone sullen and sad.

I've done my pennance on public transport. Over many, many years of commuting I stopped loving it. The evil of commuting is more powerful than the love of trains. There is, I fear, no love left for public transport in me. I am beyond your powers of redemption.

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Post by humblebee » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:47 am

You do live in Birmingham though. It's not that bad everywhere. :)

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Post by Jono Volpone » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:47 am

Buses make me ill, trains are cool, but cars rule!
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Post by Elvistears » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:48 am

humblebee wrote:You do live in Birmingham though. It's not that bad everywhere. :)
Ooh, no, Birmingham is fantastic by comparison. Try using public transport in Lincolnshire and you'll see what I mean..

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It's petrifying by public

Post by Miss Spangle » Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:34 pm

I am posted this after finding Marianthi’s post about the nutter at the bus stop, which was rather amusing, A layer of chips thread about nutcases we have come across in pubs and the experience I had a couple of weeks ago that a colleague just reminded me about.

As much as I enjoy buses (routemasters, particularly) and the tube (I think it’s amazing when I consider the complexity of how it works) like pubs, public transport seems to attract all the weird and wonderful people out there.

A couple of weeks ago I was on my way to work on the northern line. I got on to the tube at my home stop, Tooting Broadway at he same time as another girl (and about 100 other people!) We were standing as usual and she was reading the paper. Nothing odd there, until after a couple of stops later she started tearing sections out of the paper and started eating them! Another girl had also noticed this bizarre behaviour and looked at me and did the finger twirling around the head mental sign. I should have known better but ended up in hysterics which made this other girl start peeing herself laughing. Every time she ate another piece of paper it made me laugh even more. To the point I could not make eye contact with the other girl laughing as it set me off again, which took me ages to compose myself. The paper eating girl then got off at Stockwell. Leaving her paper behind with sections missing like this was normal behaviour. I wish I had kept it to see what sections she particularly enjoyed!

Does anyone else have a story of someone strange they have met on public transport?

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Post by cuppie » Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:32 pm

the worst thing i've seen recently was when i was riding the bus that goes down 2nd avenue in manhattan and there was a man eating funyuns and sliced roast beef. it sounds harmless enough except he would put his entire hand in his mouth with every bite and his whole hand would be covered in saliva, and he had absolutely no problem touching his person or the handle bar on the bus while his hand glistened with saliva and grease. he got food and spit everywhere and it was so bad that it actually made people move away from him on the bus. and people who ride public transport in new york are not easily skeeved out. people will sit next to a pee soaked homeless person and bear it well enough. but not this. i still can't bring myself to look at sliced meat.

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Post by Miss Spangle » Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:27 pm

cuppie wrote:the worst thing i've seen recently was when i was riding the bus that goes down 2nd avenue in manhattan and there was a man eating funyuns and sliced roast beef. it sounds harmless enough except he would put his entire hand in his mouth with every bite and his whole hand would be covered in saliva, and he had absolutely no problem touching his person or the handle bar on the bus while his hand glistened with saliva and grease. he got food and spit everywhere and it was so bad that it actually made people move away from him on the bus. and people who ride public transport in new york are not easily skeeved out. people will sit next to a pee soaked homeless person and bear it well enough. but not this. i still can't bring myself to look at sliced meat.
What are funyuns?

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Post by cuppie » Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:30 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funyuns

i think i really liked them when i was about 10. but i'm never eating them again, nosirreebob.

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