April 18th, 2010

Let the train take the strain

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I don’t use public transport much. I can’t remember the last time I went on a  bus.

This week, I used a train for the first time in yonks. It was quite busy. I recall the last time I used a train I spent a small fortune to go from the North of England to Edinburgh, I believe it was on one of Ricard Branson’s fine trains. I spent the entire journey standing because it was so packed, actually I sat on the floor after about an hour because I was so uncomfortable. The rest of the journey was spent wondering why they had the temerity to charge me a full ticket price when they couldn’t provide me with a seat.

Anyway, the train I went on this week, was bust but not quite as full as the Virgin train. I has a large rucksack. As I got onto the train I noticed that the only spare seats were those next to someone. As I had a rucksack I decided to stand by the door & keep my rucksack on rather than manouver it around the carriage.

At the next stop some black guy got on the train. He was in his 30s. He looked into the sitting area & said ‘Bugger’. Clearly he didn’t want to sit next to anyone in any of the 8 or so free seats. So he turned the other way which happened to be the first class compartment, pressed the door button & went inside. He was on his own in a compartment, took a seat & proceeded to roll a fag. He opened a window & proceeded to smoke his fag.

I wasn’t surprised that someone has no social responsibility & believes they can do whatever the fuck they want to; the country is full of people like that. I was left wondering what his reaction would be if someone infringed on what he thought was important.

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6 comments

  1. Mosh says:

    I’d have been tempted to take a photo on my phone and alert a guard. After all, the railway can be fined as well as the passenger if they allow him to smoke on board.

    Mind, you may find that a large number of pro-smokers will now “pipe” (haha) up stating that his rights are already being infringed with the current no-smoking legislation.

    April 19th, 2010 at 00:31

  2. shijuro says:

    I don’t know what he would have done- but I can guess.

    First, if the situation was completely reversed the black people in the carriage would have looked knowingly at each other- ‘he is a racist- he don’t want to sit next a black person’.

    Secondly, if he had been challenged he would have said, ‘You are racist. You wouldn’t have said anything if I was white’.

    just guessing… he may have had a laptop and not wanting to disturb people or reveal the screen. The smoking? not my thing but if he wasn’t gassing people with his smoke – then that shows a little compassion for his fellow man?

    Also- I don’t know about you, but ‘bugger’ seems a bit of a posh curse for a villan- perhaps I am right…

    April 19th, 2010 at 09:06

  3. shijuro says:

    Christ on a bike, I don’t know what was more scary about MTGs post: the fact he had a point and I could understand it or…

    That I agreed.

    April 19th, 2010 at 16:37

  4. Baz says:

    MTG, i never thought i would hear myself saying this, but i actually agree with you. its nice to be able to make sense of your post for once!

    April 20th, 2010 at 06:50

  5. Shijuro says:

    Racist? Me? Lol my ex isn’t English and my kids are mixed race.

    Anymore penetrating insights MTG?

    April 20th, 2010 at 08:10

  6. Shijuro says:

    And doesn’t that mean your post was racist?

    Hoisted on your own petard – lol

    April 20th, 2010 at 08:12

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