Hide Your Wallet, Hide Your Kindle: 11 People You’ll Find On Public Transportation (And A Few To Avoid At All Costs)

February 19, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

Ah, the every day rat race. If it isn’t bad enough to have to pull yourself out of bed to get to work, it might be worse when you have to hop on public transportation and deal with funk, funky attitudes, sweaty and confined spaces and suspicious looking characters all around. But for anybody who rides these forms of transportation on a regular basis, it’s nothing new. For those that don’t, be warned. Here are just a few people you will probably see acting a fool on public transportation, and chances are, they might end up sitting right. Next. To. You.



The Dancer

Nothing amuses me more on public transportation then the individual, headphones in and music player on, busting a move while standing in front of one of the exit doors. Maybe they’re part of a dance troupe, maybe they’re a choreographer for a living, but the person pop locking and sliding like Usher in 1997 during his My Way days and then abruptly stopping when the doors open keep everybody entertained on the low. I don’t know what they’re listening to, but they need to start asking for donations with all the side eyes and confused faces they receive.

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  • Di

    It took everything in me not to crack up at work. SO ACCURATE. Can’t forget the people who are looking to start trouble because you crossed their line of vision. They don’t even say anything to you they either say it out loud like ‘if this B looks at me one more time’ or to their friends. 2/3/4/5 subways are the WORST during or after school hours.

  • UGH

    I’m so glad I don’t have to take public transportation any more. My commute was two hours door to door. I’ve dealt with everything. My major pet peeve was the person that didn’t have proper seating etiquette. That person that would sit all close. Like give me some damn space.

  • Nice girl

    I hate when the subway is crowded and sometimes decides to pass gas repeatedly and pretend like its not them…okay seriously.

  • rei

    This list is so accurate! I use public transit in Charlotte and have experienced everything on this list at least once. Blasting music and loud phone conversations irks me the most.

  • WhoMe

    Bums that make the cars smell. And how they sleep on the seats taking up space.

  • Candacey Doris

    People with bad hygiene and gropers are the worst! I honestly can’t tell who is worse because you can kick a groper’s butt but you can’t beat someone up because they didn’t shower.

  • sabrina

    Girl, it sure is a jungle out there on the train. Those young boys who love swinging from poles (nearly kicking people in the face) while dancing used to just irk me sooo much. One of the worst are definitely the ones who blast ratchet and obscene music so loud and rap each and every cuss-filled lyric along with it. It’s like…who raised you?!

    And I would rather get out and risk waiting for another train than waiting one stop in a putrid-smelling train cart.

  • kierah

    There is a guy on the A train that sells nutcrackers of all flavors, reminding folk it’s a long way out to the Rock! You need something to keep you warm. And people buy this concoctions that a stranger brewed and bottled in quarter water containers! Folks are really pressed for alcohol on the A train.

    • Angee

      Yessss I see him all the time. “Get your nutcracker here folks. I know you’re trying to listen to your “Minaj Nicki” but it’s a long ride to Far Rock.” I was dying the first time I heard him.

  • thatonegirl

    How about those people who feel like there bag needs a seat in a crowded bus or train? Like really your not the only one that’s worked all day.

    • Karibe4lyfe

      @thatonegirl: so

  • FromUR2UB

    Those guys who press up against women on crowded transportation. What would happen if the woman turned to face him…looked directly in his eyes, no smile? Fortunately I’ve never run into one of those perves.

  • Kahekili

    I tend to wear coats wear coats or jackets that have inside pockets and that is where I keep my wallet.

    I try to avoid sitting next to other people, especially men.