Ah, public transport – you either love it or loathe it. If you’re a motorist, you might steer clear from a daily commute on trains in favour of the cushy convenience of a car. Commuters, on the other hand, might prefer their daily trips sans road rage and traffic congestion and opt for the train. Whatever your preference, there are some things you will only experience on trains and they are when you see any or all of the below…
If you’ve been on the train during AM/PM peak periods, then you would’ve no-doubt seen ladies powdering their noses, men adjusting their ties and heads swaying in deep snooze. Nothing out of the ordinary, eh?
Ordinary train behaviour, however, turns into ‘extraordinary’ behaviour when you see people clipping their toenails, flossing their teeth and shaving their face.
Now, I’ve witnessed all of the above albeit, not all in the same trip. The clipping of toenails and the chomp flossing were during peak AM travel to work, and my fellow commuters shared the same look:
What isn’t so surprising is that our train-travelling woes are also experienced in other countries. A survey of 2000 people completed by O2 Money found eight out of ten Britons admit they can be annoying on the train by playing music too loud through headphones and leaving bags on seats.
Thirty per cent of people admitted they fall asleep and snore. Twenty per cent regularly read other people’s newspapers over their shoulder and 25 per cent admit that they put their bag on the seat next to them to stop other people sitting there.
Sure, clipping toenails and flossing didn’t make the list, though what did make it high up were stinking odours, drunks and people who over-share at the top of their voices.
The top 10 annoying train habits according to O2 Money.
1. Playing music too loudly over headphones
2. Smelling bad
3. Drunken behaviour
4. Talking loudly with friends/colleagues
5. Kicking the back of your seat constantly
6. People forcing themselves on, when others still getting off
7. People standing over you/ breathing down your neck
8. Parents not controlling kids, even when they’re grabbing at your face
9. Putting feet on seats
10. Eating food that smells strongly
Like I’ve mentioned before, you can either love or loather public transport, though one thing you cannot argue against is that on trains you’re always one station away from an unforgettable experience.
What is the most bizarre thing you’ve seen on a train? What annoys you when commuting on public transport? Let us know below or on our Facebook and Twitter communities. We’re also giving you the chance to join our fight for improved conditions on NSW trains to help reduce the congestion on our roads with our Seeing Red on Rail survey. Have your say on 3 March – visit this blog or our Facebook/Twitter for details #seeingredonrail.
Seeing Red on Rail 2013: