127: GIRLS SITTING ON THEIR BOYFRIENDS LAPS ON TRAINS

Oh yeah, this is a personal hell. Girls sitting on their boyfriends laps on public transport.

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120: BEING PUT UNDER PRESSURE AT THE HAND-DRYER

You’ve just arrived at work after a long journey which included the consumption of a large coffeee, a bran muffin and a gallon of mineral water.  You’re in dire need of toilet relief, so you head to the Gents to do your business in double quick time.

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119: LEAVING WORK AT THE SAME TIME AS THE ONE PERSON IN THE OFFICE THAT YOU HATE

This is awkard.  You leave your desk, you walk to the lift, you push the button and then some time later the lift arrives.  You get in and just as the doors begin to shut, that wanker from the desk opposite joins you in this tiny, confined space.

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116: PEOPLE WHO TALK TO YOU ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT

I have my friends quota.  I don’t need any more friends.  I don’t have time to see the friends I have as much as I would like so I am certainly not in the business of talking to strangers on a fucking train. 

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115: TRAIN MINUTES

I was recently on a train platform.  I was waiting for a train.  I consulted the train timetable, which informed me the next train would arrive in two minutes.  I consulted my watch.  It was 2:58pm.  The train arrived at 3:04pm.  DEAR LONDON UNDERGROUND – THAT IS NOT TWO FUCKING MINUTES.  WE KNOW HOW MANY SECONDS THERE ARE IN A MINUTE, YOU CAN’T FOOL US, SO STOP LYING AND TELL US THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW LONG WE’LL BE STOOD UNDERGROUND ON A PLATFORM SURROUNDED IN FILTH, MICE AND WEIRD INDIAN MEN SINGING WONDERWALL LOUDLY TO HIMSELF.

I think that last bit only happened to me.  But the rest is a regular occurence.

 

51: OTHER PEOPLE READING YOUR PAPER ON THE TUBE

Why do people lean over and read your paper, when it is one of about 10,000 free papers?  Why didn’t they pick one up at the train station?  Or take the discarded one on that empty seat?  Why do they insist on leaning over and reading your paper?  AVERT YOUR EYES YOU WANKER.

23: PEOPLE WHO COUGH ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT BUT DO NOT USE THEIR HANDS

I think I’m a hypochondriac.  Most of the time I think I am dying.  If I lose weight, I think I’m dying.  If I put on weight I’m going to have a heart attack.  If I get a spot, it’s a tumour.  I’m not far away from being one of those people who wear the equivalent of a gas mask on their daily commute for fear of catching some killer bug.  And the thing that could finally push me into this course of action is those people on public transport who cough WITHOUT USING THEIR HANDS. 

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16: PEOPLE WHO GO THROUGH A TRAIN BARRIER AND THEN STOP AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BARRIER TO PUT THEIR TICKET AWAY

I have already discussed people who panic slap Oyster Card readers, but people who stop once they have got through said barrier are equally as irritating.  So flaky and unaware of the people around them, they think nothing of coming to a standstill on the other side of a train barrier to put their ticket away into their wallet.  They often cannot locate their wallet either, which delays things further as they pat each pocket rhythmically for their missing money holder.  Can they not see the queue of people behind them?  Are they not conscious of the fact that they are in a public place, where other people are trying to get from A to B?!? 

And why do the vast majority of people who do this also have suitcases with them?  Massive suitcases too.  The sort that, if they hit you accidentally, give you a bruise so big it looks like you’ve been abused by Mike Tyson (not that he abuses people of course…).  And the ultimate insult is when these suitcases don’t even make it through the barrier before it closes on them, adding to the frustration of the other passengers, who must now lift the suitcase over the barricade for the inept passenger in an effort to speed up their own exit from the tube.  And then, just when you think you’ve finally cleared your route of any idiotic obstacles, suitcase man stops again, reunited with his luggage, in the worst possible place.  And all to put his ticket away.  And the whole system breaks down.