Using public transit is a great way to mitigate your carbon footprint and save money on vehicular expenses. Unfortunately, it’s also a great way to get grossed out on a daily basis.
Recently, Twitter users began sharing the most unpleasant and annoying things they’d seen someone do on a train or bus — and it’s pretty clear that many human beings are utterly oblivious when it comes to respecting a public space packed with people.
It started when Daily Mirror journalist Aaron Flanagan noticed a man sitting across from him on the train, cutting his nails and letting the clippings fly all over the place.
Bloke opposite me on the Overground is cutting his nails. They’re flying everywhere. How is that acceptable on public transport?! pic.twitter.com/7W4w5OAKuH
— Aaron Flanagan (@aaronflan) May 21, 2018
Um, ew. Keep your crusty fingernail bits to yourself, please!
The photo prompted others to relay stories of their own unpleasant encounters on public transit — and the stories were even more bizarre than errant fingernail clippings.
This has happened to me more than once. First prize though goes to the woman who used her train ticket to clean between her teeth ?
— Rebecca Dee (@Reberoodle) May 21, 2018
Seriously, don’t you people have bathrooms in your apartments for this sort of thing??
Guy at the station I use the other day, one barefoot, painting fungus ointment on his toe nails. Seriously.
— Holly (@_holliver_) May 21, 2018
Popping zits is a task which should be relegated to the privacy of a bathroom mirror, please and thank you.
Got to say most disgusting train ride of my life sat next to a guy who been picking at his skin, then sucking on his Vape and now squeezing spots on his nose ???get me off
— Joanna Flaherty (@JoAshman1985) May 15, 2018
Obviously, some people simply aren’t bothered by hordes of nasty germs in public spaces.
Guy on the train has poured a bag of popcorn out onto the table before eating it. Onto the table! At the end of a whole day’s service. pic.twitter.com/DeM320AfyI
— Nick Coppack (@nickcoppack) March 6, 2018
But, as all New Yorkers can tell you with confidence, that’s the caveat of reliable public transportation — you never know WHAT you’re gonna see.
There’s a guy straight up eating corn on the cob on my subway train at 8:51 in the morning wtf if this life
— pat tobin (@tastefactory) May 21, 2018
But, please: let this be a reminder to think twice before you decided to attend to your personal hygiene/hunger on a train, bus or subway. Just because we’re crammed in here with you doesn’t mean we all need to become familiar with your smelly egg sandwich or your bare toes.