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Completely Underwhelmed writes, "I was on a bus the other day when a man got on wearing shorts, over what looked like greeny grey leggings. Then the stench hit me. The 'leggings' were a mass of open wounds, crusted with greenish solidified pus that flaked off in bits as he moved."

What's the worst public transport experience you've ever had?

(, Thu 29 May 2008, 15:13)
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It sort of fits, I guess...
I was coming off the train at Euston after getting back from Manchester, I always walk fast and then run down the escalator as the queue builds up very fast. I'm running the escalator and infront of me is a father-son duo, I'm guessing. I just see a bald head with grey sides and a full of head of hair which looked like it belonged to a 20/25 year old. I lean forward and says "generally, we keep to the left if we're not walking" to the younger of the pair, on the right.

It's not until he looks round bewildered that I notice he had downs syndrome. His dad looks at me, says something to his son and then he moves over. I've never ran down any stairs or escalators so fast in my life.

(, Thu 29 May 2008, 15:44, 11 replies)
or plagiarism? I've read this before.
(, Thu 29 May 2008, 15:47, closed)
I posted it as a reply
to someone elses story a while ago, I think.
(, Thu 29 May 2008, 15:48, closed)
in which case..
I am here too fucking often! cheers!
(, Thu 29 May 2008, 15:49, closed)
*gives Baz a hat*
Indeed, hooray for you!
(, Thu 29 May 2008, 15:52, closed)
A pedant writes...
...don't we keep to the right if we're not walking? No wonder they looked so bewildered.

I've done a similar thing with a man and his elderly mother and a very large suitcase which subsequently fell down the escalator. Oops.
(, Thu 29 May 2008, 15:57, closed)
In the world of Belgaer
everything's backwards.
(, Thu 29 May 2008, 16:09, closed)

(, Thu 29 May 2008, 16:20, closed)
How did you find out my real name?
*packs his backs and goes to look for a new identity*
(, Thu 29 May 2008, 16:23, closed)
I'm a Northern lassie.
And on my first time on the London Underground I had no idea of this rule and stood to the left of the escalator. Not realising this rule, I was really hacked off when people barged and pushed passed me. I don't take being pushed about lightly so I cursed (and quite loudly so) to the people that barged past. I was telling my boyfriend about the episode later that evening and he laughted his head of as he explained this rule to me.
(, Thu 29 May 2008, 16:36, closed)
There are actually signs about
that says which side to stand on. :)

Still, if people wanna get places sooner, they can leave earlier, the lazy sods.

Plus, I just wanna say, I got it wrong in my story, but I didn't get it wrong when it actually happened. I just have a crap memory.
(, Thu 29 May 2008, 16:43, closed)
What I don't understand is why in Tokyo it's "stand on the right, walk on the left" but in Osaka it's the opposite. Okay, maybe I've got them both wrong, but they're definitely opposite each other. For being in the same country and not all that far apart, I find that quite strange.
(, Thu 29 May 2008, 21:56, closed)

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