Stuck Standing.

Source: Singapore Times

So a sixty-year old man is facing two years in prison for sticking toothpicks in bus seats, which seems horrifying, appalling, even unfathomable, or at the very least excessive. Two years? A bus driver told me about a kid who threw a milkshake out of the window into the open sunroof of a car in the next lane, and, as far as I know, he got off with a warning even though there should be stiff penalties for wasting milkshakes, but that’s another story.

Granted it was in Singapore, which has a reputation for harsh penalties, that the man placed toothpicks in bus seats, but I still think there are extenuating circumstances. He didn’t want anyone sitting next to him, something a lot of us can appreciate. I know there have been plenty of time I’ve gotten on a crowded bus and had to stand and when a seat opened up I offered it to someone else. If the bus is crowded I always offer my seat to a woman, which I realize is either chauvinism or chivalry, although sometimes it’s just so I can get away from whomever I’m sitting next to. And there were times in high school when the bus I rode home was so crowded I had to stand, even though school buses aren’t designed with overhead rails and handles. Maybe someone should have gone to prison for that, although it’s hard to say whether it would be the bus driver, the other students who wouldn’t scooch over so we could squeeze three kids into seats that were only big enough for two, or me for hanging around so long I was the last one to board the bus. And don’t get me started on the problem of manspreading, where one guy will not only take up at least three seats meant for one but a good chunk of the aisle too.

Anyway I think it’s understandable when someone doesn’t want to sit next to another person. Buses often force strangers together and sometimes it can be rewarding and sometimes you can get stuck next to a person you can’t stand.

 

6 Comments

  1. Ray V.

    Back to the good ol days when “taking a knee” had a different meaning.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Funny, though, how the good ol’ days sometimes aren’t always old or that good.

      Reply
  2. mydangblog

    If he hated people sitting next to him so much, maybe he should be walking, but it’s a moot point now that he’s in jail–hope he doesn’t try it with the seat next to him in the prison cafeteria!

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Walking has so many health benefits too. It’s certainly a great way to burn off stress, which this guy seems to have a little too much of.

      Reply
  3. Ann Koplow

    Thanks for another outstanding post, Chris.

    Reply
    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Thank you for never leaving me stuck without any comments.

      Reply

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