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lady_angelina:
trimet
trimet
Trimet (not officialy affiliated with trimet)
Tue, May. 10th, 2011 06:37 pm
People who break the "no eating on the bus/MAX" rule

I've just about had it with people who eat smelly, noisy food while on the bus. I know the rule against eating on TriMet is there to avoid messes, but I wish it were better enforced because it's nearly impossible to escape the odors from pungent food or the sounds of people crunching chips ten aisles away.

Just a few minutes ago, I had to change my seat because the orange that this lady was eating was so pungent, it made me sick.

Is there a non-wanky, nice way to ask people to at least be more considerate about this? They're breaking a reasonable rule and I'm sick of having to accommodate for it.

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glowing_fish
glowing_fish
Matthew Harris
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)

I am sorry.


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violet_tigress1
violet_tigress1
Violet Tigress
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 06:19 am (UTC)

People suck.. Did you cough on him?


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inkytwist
inkytwist
The Loch Ness Monster
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 06:20 am (UTC)

last time i asked someone to stop smoking in the shelter, she pulled out a boa constrictor and started petting it and staring at me.

It was the freakiest fucking day of my life.


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lady_angelina
lady_angelina
Explain me what is justice, what is right?
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)

0_0 Wow, creepy indeed! I wish I could say that I couldn't believe something like this could happen, but with all the crap I see on TriMet these days, it's anything but shocking.


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lady_angelina
lady_angelina
Explain me what is justice, what is right?
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)

Oh man, do I ever feel your pain on this. D: Smokers are among the worst when it comes to this sort of thing, from what I've experienced. This is not to say that all smokers are this inconsiderate, but it seems that the majority of the ones on TriMet are (and they ruin it for those who are more considerate).

I, too, am sorry this happened to you. D:


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glowing_fish
glowing_fish
Matthew Harris
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)

I eat on the MAX, at times, if it is a food that is not odoriferous and non-crumbly. Also, if I am really hungry.

But since I live in Montana, you don't have to worry about me.


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lady_angelina
lady_angelina
Explain me what is justice, what is right?
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)

But that's the point I was trying to make there. It's not something that would disturb other people in an enclosed space, so you're cool. :3

Hahaha. XD


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ankah
ankah
Ankah
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 09:53 am (UTC)

I'd add in an explanation/threat: "would you be willing to not eat that right now? i just got over the stomach flu and the smell isn't working for me right now."


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lady_angelina
lady_angelina
Explain me what is justice, what is right?
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)

Thanks! That might work for the people who may simply not realize that their tuna fish sandwich is a bit too aromatic. And then there are the others who are all "IT'S A PUBLIC BUS! I CAN DO WHAT I WANT!" when you kindly ask them to keep the noise down because you have a headache. =P Still worth a shot, though, and better than not saying anything at all.


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kosmicdog
kosmicdog
Ye Olde Village Cocksmythe
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)

I hate when bus drivers tell me to "get rid of it" when Im drinking soda, with a lid and straw.

Im not 5 years old, I think I can handle it without making a mess.


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lady_angelina
lady_angelina
Explain me what is justice, what is right?
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)

See, and that's bullshit right there. The TriMet rules do say that drinks in closed containers like what you described are fine. If you can, I'd report the drivers that are giving you flak for that because you were following the rules from what it sounds like.

I once had one that wanted me to get rid of a Frostie that I got from Wendy's before boarding the bus, all because the lid was one of those stupid-ass wide open domed lids. This case was more understandable because the Frostie was not, in fact, completely closed... but then I didn't have much control over it because those are the lids that Wendy's puts on their Frosties. Why do they (and other places that serve shakes and coffee) do this? No freaking idea, but it makes it even harder for people who are transit dependent who might have wanted to wait until they got home to enjoy their ice cream or coffee. =P


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glowing_fish
glowing_fish
Matthew Harris
Thu, May. 12th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)

I once got on the 14 with a bottle of sparkling cider. The bus driver asked me if that was what it was, and then let me get on.


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phasmaphobic
phasmaphobic
The Sniper in Drag
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)

I personally am more irritated by self-righteous people who can't interact with society. Were I that guy, my response would be: "I'm sorry my orange bothers your delicate flower senses, lady. I recommend you get off and take another bus. Or instead, stop being so uppity and accept the differences in others."


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lady_angelina
lady_angelina
Explain me what is justice, what is right?
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)

...Wow.

Did you miss the part where actually eating on the bus/MAX is a violation of the rules to begin with? If it were something that's not technically a violation of the rules, like someone noisily clipping their nails or laughing too obnoxiously, then I do deal. Those aren't things that you can gracefully ask someone not to do.

But things like people eating too loudly or blocking the aisles with their unfolded tank-sized strollers or playing the ukulele (and very poorly at that)... these are all against TriMet's rules, and it ticks me off to bow down to someone else and suck it up so that they can continue to break them. Where's the fairness in that? And if you don't think they should be rules, then call TriMet or visit their website and propose that they be changed. Until then, I'm not going to accommodate for violations of them just because people like you don't have consideration for others.


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phasmaphobic
phasmaphobic
The Sniper in Drag
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)

Welcome to society, lady. Deal with it.

This post is seriously only one tiny step away from those passive-aggressive "Dear person who will never ever read this, I am going to complain about you on the internet" posts.


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lady_angelina
lady_angelina
Explain me what is justice, what is right?
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)

Believe me, if I had any choice at all, I wouldn't be taking public transit at all. But I can't drive and my work is much too far away to walk to there, and there is no job I'm qualified for that is within walking distance.

And it's not so much that I expect any specific people to read it but to make the readership of this comm aware that this behavior -- which again is technically breaking the rules -- can be disruptive to other people... and also to ask if there's a tactful way to ask others to be more mindful of it. I seriously doubt that most of the people doing it are even aware that it's a rule or that they are being that loud or that their food is that aromatic. And when you're stuck in an enclosed vehicle with dozens of other people for up to an hour one-way, all these little things can add up to a very unpleasant commute.

Edited at 2011-05-11 08:36 pm (UTC)


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glowing_fish
glowing_fish
Matthew Harris
Thu, May. 12th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)

Speaking of violation of rules, I am not sure, I would have to check my records, but phasmaphobic has a pretty specific trolling license on damnportlanders. Actually, he might have the license for "straight jerk" troll, in which case this might be allowed...

Oh, and also, this is the trimet community, so maybe our trolling rules don't hold here.


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phasmaphobic
phasmaphobic
The Sniper in Drag
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)

Or in other words...



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