Wiebke (wiebke) wrote,

Monster Peeve

I've given this post the subject "Monster Peeve" because it's about something that can hardly be called a pet peeve, because it's something so heinous, that bothers me so much, I cannot possibly use the word "pet" in any way to describe it. What is it? Well, it's stepping on a bus (far less often a subway car) with somebody who smells so bad that you have to put your hand over your mouth to keep from vomiting. Somebody whose odor makes your eyes water. I'm talking a reek so bad it makes you wish for scuba gear so you could breathe air from a tank! Meanwhile you are stuck on the bus with the stink because why should you walk two miles just because the health/support/care system in this country is so bad that people who obviously can't care for themselves are roaming around stinking up buses! Argh!

I encountered today's offendor on a trip on the 110 bus. I got on at Piedmont Hospital, set to ride it all the way Downtown, I guess 2-3 miles. I swear I almost got off or switched to the train, the woman was such a stinker. And she was crazy too, spouting off lunatic stuff that was crazy even for a crazy person because she was white talking about how she was black and white people are evil, which made the 90%-black busload of people go "WTF?" She smelled like she had taken a bath in urine for like a week and then wiped herself off with urine-soaked towels. She was furthermore right at the front of the bus so her odor spread throughout the bus, gusting in each time the driver opened the door. At first I was 3-4 rows from her and it was totally disgusting, but even when I grabbed the chance to sit at the back of the bus, next to an open window, the STANK was still making me ill. Ugh, ugh, ugh!

I've gone through at least least a dozen other major incidents of this, most of which I remember in detail because the smells were so nauseating it was just incredible. Like the time on the 23 I sat behind "Dirt Man," this guy who I swear looked and smelled like he had just dug himself out of a grave. He had DIRT caked all over him! Then there was the guy on the 13 who emanating the worse fart smell EVER, so bad Caleb and I hid in the back of the bus, where a little girl kept asking her mama what the stank was. One of the grossest was this guy on the 3 who not only stank, but was incontinent and actually left a load on the floor. Oh, and for subway encounters, the guy with the toilet paper hanging out of his buttcrack was probably the bottom of the barrel...

I guess this is where the PUBLIC comes into public transportation.

*chews gum, desperate to get pee smell out of nostrils*
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