What is the weirdest thing you've seen someone do on public transit?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

A few months ago a man stood up and peed on the seat three rows in front of me.  I started carrying sanitizer with me after that.


Post # 4
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ugh!!  I’ve seen toe nail clipping, all kinds of performances, people putting makeup on, traveling with ridiculously large items, and any kind of lewd act you can imagine. 

Post # 6
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

A man brushing his teeth.

Post # 7
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@MrsPanda99:  I take the TTC almost daily and I have seen so many people clipping nails that I seriously question society.

I’ve seen tuna fish vomit on a window, guys spitting on seats so women with strollers can’t sit down, people peeling oranges onto the ground and not picking them up, and people doing chin ups on the hand bars. 

So freaking strange.

Post # 9
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

while riding the train i always took in boston, a man stood in front me while i was seated and started gyrating and unzipping his pants dangerously close to my face. i screamed, my friend seating next to me, yelled, “are you f****** serious?!?”. and the creep ran down to the end of the car and disappeared. this was in the late afternoon. 

i have also witnessed toenail clipping. this time it was a man who looked like an especially disheveled robert downey jr. he removed his shoes and socks, clipped his toe nails, and then cried into his lap. 

Post # 10
2449 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Poop. On the L train going to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She appeared quite drunk.

Post # 11
3948 posts
Honey bee

Ugh, I dont miss my commute on the Boston train every morning. Especially on a hot day like today.

I have seen someone poop, pee, do makeup, pick their nose, dance, sing VERY loudly, etc. Ive seen it all….except I missed the woman who brought her pet snake around her neck last year and lost it. Sorry to have missed that one.

Post # 12
3673 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Living in San Francisco, I’m surprised I haven’t seen more weird shit go down on public transport.

I saw a woman painting her nails on the bus. She was sitting in the front of the bus, and I was sitting halfway between the front and back of the bus, but the nail polish smell was as strong as if I were sitting next to her. I already get slightly motion sick in buses and cars, and the smell was not helping!

I also saw a woman’s phone get stolen right out of her hand on the bus. 🙁 She was standing near the doors. The bus pulled up to a stop, a guy jumped on the bus, grabbed her phone, jumped off the bus, and ran away. She chased him for a while but couldn’t catch him. The bus driver was nice enough to wait for her to come back and help her with the information needed to file a police report.

Also, I didn’t see this first hand (thank the lord), but it showed up in my Twitter feed the other day. A couple having sex on a BART train. NSFW, obviously!

Post # 13
885 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a story…

I was in university, and it was the end of summer-term, so late August.  I had just moved out of my place and was heading home, so I was taking the bus to the downtown terminal to catch a Greyhound bus to my hometown.  I was alone on the bus and found myself listening to the conversation of two girls sitting in front of me.

The girls looked to be about 10 to 13 years old, and from their conversation I gathered that they were headed to the downtown terminal as well.  At one point, the girl beside the window ducked down, and said she thought she saw her mom’s car.  I didn’t think too much of that, but then they started talking about how they didn’t bring certain items with them, as they were ‘packing light’.  I thought that was odd and really started listening closely, and gathered that the girls were in fact running away from home.  

Well, these girls were pretty young so I knew I had to do something.  I heard them say that they hadn’t got tickets yet for the bus out of town, but were going to buy them at the terminal.  I planned to get in front of them in the line and tell the clerk at the terminal what I had heard, so they wouldn’t sell them a ticket.

About this point in time we arrived at the terminal, and I lingered outside tying my shoe waiting for them to get off the bus.  Once they did, I heard a woman scream “EMILY!!!!” and come storming out of nowhere towards them.  It was very clearly one of the girls’ mothers come to stop them, and within a few minutes she had marched them back to her car, the girls looking pretty sheepish.  And I just stood there with a stunned look on my face thinking Did anyone just see that!??!

Definitely one of my crazier public transit moments.


Post # 14
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have seen pretty much all of the above on the DC metro, but I’ll add two: an old guy who was very, VERY skinny who would frequently change into his running clothes on the train. I mean like a frail skeletal 60-something man taking off his pants, socks and shoes and changing into different ones. NOT something I wanted to see. I saw this man several times on the train and he was always doing the same thing.

And then one day I saw a guy with some sort of horrific medical condition that made his skin fall off. He was sitting by himself (obviously) and nobody would sit within rows and rows of him. He had a big towel over his head and shoulders but you could see the sheets of dead skin peeling off every part of him. It was without a doubt the most disgusting thing I have ever seen. I mean, I kind of feel bad for the guy, but seriously DO NOT TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION if you have some sort of disease like that!!! I moved as far away as possible in case it was communicable!

Post # 15
10454 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

The chin ups seem to be a fairly common occurance.

I’ve seen a grad train.  Someone thought it was a good idea to have the grad party just go back and forth on the LRT line while they had their party.  No one else was allowed on those cars and had to wait for the next train.

I’ve heard of boat grad parties, but the train just seemed stupid to me.

Post # 16
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I saw a girl pierce another girl’s ear once.  It gave me a panic attack.

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