(Closed) Why are there so many weirdos / lunatics / assholes on public transport?

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Post # 32
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Ugh, I seem to attract the creeps.  I liked to sleep on the train in the morning (it was 45 min).  I had someone who I think was an alcoholic start asking my bf a ton of questions including if I was his daughter, I stayed asleep.  When studying the endless questions about what I’m taking, etc. while the guy lears at me.  The men who work downtown whose legs would start rubbing up and down against mine.  The guy who would just stare at me, I moved and he turned backward in the seat to do it.

I’ve also got on twice at the hospital feeling dizzy, once with a really sore arm because the person who took my blood was training and didn’t have a steady hand when switching vials and both times the train was packed.  Luckily one time someone was nice, noticed and let me sit down.  Not the other time.  I do get into reading something or whatever, but at the hospital stop I always look up to see if someone looks like they need the seat more than me.

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I will say one thing though. Besides Europe, the cleanest and quickest PT that I’ve ever been on has actually been in… Los Angeles, CA.

The problem with it is (and why not many people use it) that it’s very limited in terms of where it goes. I was lucky to live by one of the lines that connected to the downtown line where I worked so I never had to commute by car in LA – very rare.

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee

@aribanana:  Luckily, I have a car and don’t have to take public transit. It’s not even an option in our new town.

But the handful of time I have taken PT was in Chicago and Detroit, and I certainly witnessed some characters!

I hope you have some pepper spray!

Post # 35
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Helper bee

My fiance has had some pretty crazy people on the train in Perth, WA. Just a week or so ago a really drunk guy started yelling at people and cussing them out. They threw the guy off the train, and guards took him away lol. 

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The bus crowd isn’t as bad as the subway crowd in my experience. Once, I was riding the subway late at night, and some naked guy just was waiting at the platform so that when the doors opened, he showed himself off, and blocked anyone from getting out. That was rude!

I love public transportation for the purpose it serves, and use it exclusively (no car), but yeah, there are some crazies.

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

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@AB Bride:  I passed out on the train once due to the heat and no one helped me up, asked if I needed help or offered me their seat. I ended up sitting on the floor until I was able to get off the train and flag someone down for medical assistance. Again, I do not missing using PT!!

Post # 38
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@Mrs. Coyote:  That really sucks!  People not giving up their seats would drive me nuts.  I think it would be about 1/month someone would pass out, and the train would stop and everything would be delayed becasuse of it.  If people would just do the nice thing, the whole train wouldn’t be delayed!

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@MrsNewDay:  LA does have nice Public Transportation! I remember when AZ got a light rail and how quickly it went south. It was a nice form of tranportation for maybe a year but then got really trashy/scary 🙁 

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@aribanana: This is why I drive everywhere! I can’t imagine being forced to be with people….I hate people! 

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@Payless:  I had no idea AZ had PT! Is it in the Phoenix area? I’m actually trying to move out there with DH.

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@MrsNewDay:  Yes! Phoenix Metro Light Rail 🙂 

I am not sure where it stops and have only used it to get from Mesa to the ASU campus 

Post # 42
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Helper bee

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@MrsNewDay:  I live in LA, and I don’t even own a car!  I love our public transit system!  They’ve expanded some of the rail lines, and a lot of the bus lines run 24 hours, or until 2 AM.  

Post # 43
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Bumble bee

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@Tincangirl:  Curious…why did you feel it necessary to say that the couple was Latino? If they weren’t would you have shared their ethnicity/race? What was the race of the jerk-off guy? And why did you omit it?

I’m not bashing…the nerdy social scientist in me is just always fascinated by these inclusions.

 

Post # 44
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@aribanana:  

 

Luckily, I don’t live in a populated enough area for PT to be the norm! It sounds awful! Around here all the crazies hang out at Walmart. Boy do they ever.

 

About public transport, I’ve only ever used it once in my life, & I was in San Francisco. You pretty much HAVE to ride a cable car at least once in San Fran 🙂 There might have been some wing nuts on it, but I didn’t notice. We were too busy staring at the map trying to figure out when to exit!

 

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