When did it become acceptable to litter on trains?
When into town on the train the other day. Gent sat next to me puts his empty coffee cup down. I really dislike littering. But train’s a bit crowded so I think “it’s ok. he’ll put it in the litter when he gets to his stop”. Train pulls in at the terminal and he makes to walk off. I tell him he’s left his coffee cup on the floor. His response is that he’s left his cup there because people leave their newspapers on the train. I point out to him that
a) nobody in our vicinity read the newspaper. That’s one thing you can thank smartphones for, and…
b) just because others did it, doesn’t mean it’s ok for him to do it.
He says “you’re right” and walks off through the barriers. At this point I realise there’s no point trying to reason with pricks.
Now this guy was fairly old and looked well off. Briefcase, corduroy trousers, maybe in his late 50s, early 60s. Shouldn’t that age group know better, or am I misinformed?
Anyway, lesson learned. The best way to get angry is to expect something of someone who’s not capable of it. 👿Posted 12 months agosomewhatslightlydazedMember
Train pulls in at the terminal and he makes to walk off. I tell him he’s left his coffee cup on the floor.
When the train I use pulls into the terminal, a lady or gent comes down the train bagging up all the rubbish.
Do you want to put some poor EU migrant out of their minimum wage job?Posted 12 months agodashedMember
Not quite the same, but I asked a member of staff where the bin was in Picadilly Station in Manchester the other day. Apparently they took them out before Christmas due to increased terrorist threat.
She suggested I dispose of my chewing gum by lobbing it onto the tracks 😯Posted 12 months agoMrSmithMember
it’s always been acceptable, same as its always been ok to put your feet up on the seats and make phone calls in the quiet carriage.
no point in saying anything no matter how much it annoys.
FWIW i always take my rubbish with me or put it in the bin but i do leave papers(Metro and evening standard) folded on the seat/table and often pick left ones up to read.Posted 12 months ago
i dont feel bad doing so as they have somebody go through the carriage at the end/beginning of the train journey and they get recycled and are not stinking the carriage out like fast food packaging or likely to get spilled.eddiebabySubscriber
Funny, i did the same to a guy on a train on Friday, he took his half empty cup off the table, got his case off a luggage area and left his cup balanced there. I gave it to him saying “mate you forgot this”. He looked totally confused.
Killer story content eh?Posted 12 months agojuanghiaMember
Baby boomers for you eh, they stole our pensions, bought houses for £12,000 then destroyed the Housing market, stole our student grants, sent us to war, ruined the country shunted us out of Europe and now leaving litter on trains…scunthorpes
*Shakey angry fists etc etc*
edit: The guy above has it right, I have done this on several occasions really winds people upPosted 12 months agoRo5eyMember
A middle age woman and her fella was once got on opposite and across the aisle from me. She started tucking into some strawberries….. and then throwing the stems onto to the floor 😯
I very politely pointed out to her that the bin was literally 3 foot from her seat.
So giving me evils she collected them up put them in the bin and then sarcastically ask me if that was better ?
Brilliant how people try to turn it around as if you’re the one in the wrong…. guess it’s out of their embarrassment.Posted 12 months agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
I’ve tried several times (so far in vain) to convince the train managers on Virgin trains to include a tidy up request amongst the various other messages they broadcast.
It’s a minor bugbear of mine, but it definitely comes from laziness and entitlement.
And there are definitely fewer minimum waged rubbish collectors on trains these days (at least on the West Coast mainline).
Indeed – someone put the T in litter….Posted 12 months agonwmlargeSubscriber
I think on Commuter trains no rubbish is acceptable as they all have bins on them and on the platforms.
On Underground trains I can concede to leaving newspapers but everything else is yours to take away.
for the record I don’t leave anything on the train I don’t see why people who are either 3 seats away from a bin or will walk past one don’t see it as their responsibility to dispose of the rubbish.
That said I do leave my tray in Mcdonalds so may be i’m a hypocrite ?Posted 12 months ago
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