10 Absurd Things That Have Actually Happened On Public Transportation



For a lot of us, public transportation is the easiest option for getting around in areas where driving or walking just won’t cut it.

Sometimes, things can get tight and crowded on your way to work. Other times, people get too antsy on their way home or to an event. Public transportation not only gets us to where we need to be, it also serves as a place of entertainment — whether it’s good or bad.

As expected, a bus, train, or subway full of strangers can result in some unexpected moments. It happens everyday, just about everywhere in the world. Sometimes, these moments are just too much to handle, especially when you realize you have four stops left until your destination.

Strange behavior or events on buses and trains are nothing new, but they certainly make for great stories to tell your friends and family.

Scroll through below to check out the absurd personal public transportation stories these 10 Reddit users shared!

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“During a busy weekday rush hour, a man in a suit boards the train and sits next to me. I think, ‘Great. A normal person sitting next to me for once.’ He’s clean-cut, nothing out of the ordinary.

“A few minutes into the ride, he opens his briefcase and pulls out half a sandwich. I think, ‘Dammit. Wish I had brought a snack.’ The man meticulously chews the middle and corners of this sandwich leaving it in the shape of a phone…

“He then talks on his sandwich phone for the rest of our journey.” — ashleybrookethirteen

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“As the doors on the Metro are closing, I notice this 30-something-year-old suit guy sprinting towards the train. He full on dives headfirst into the train, his feet passing through just before the doors closed, Indiana Jones style.

“He stands up, dusts himself off, and says, ‘Whoa… thought I was gonna miss that one’ to which the entire train just bursts out laughing. Funniest thing I’ve ever seen after taking the D.C. Red line for nearly a decade.” — sublimescu

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“A homeless man wanted to sell me a UFO. I was thinking, ‘How bad could this be? It’s probably a bunch of bicycle parts arranged into a disk.’ But instead, he pulled out a Frisbee made of tinfoil. Hell, for five bucks it was worth it.” — anonymous

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“I rode the entire trip in the back of the bus. At one point I woke from a nap, nobody was on the bus. No driver, no passengers, no leftover luggage except mine. Bus was parked in a gas station parking lot, gas station was closed and obviously been closed for years… Imagine an old time gas station at crossroads in the middle of nowhere Iowa.

“Spent around 15 minutes… seemed like hours. Eventually a car showed up and the new driver jumped on the bus and said ‘Hey, sorry overslept.’

“Was my Twilight Zone moment.” — Derelyk

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“Last winter I was on a bus to college in the morning. The bus stopped at the top of a hill behind a line of traffic, and preceded [sic] to slide all the way back down the hill because of the ice on the roads. Not fun.” — Robots_are_cool

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“I was riding through Hollywood with a friend from out of town back to my place. The bus stops, and this irate fellow boards and says to the driver, ‘That’s some fancy drivin’ you got there!’ thinking that the driver had almost forgot to stop for him. This starts an all out yelling war between the two, where the passenger is refusing to pay the full fare.

“By this time the engine of the bus has stopped and everyone is silent. The guy walks to the back, with the driver following him. They start arguing again. The bus driver goes back up front out of frustration and just sits, waiting for the guy to leave.

“The guy goes to the very back, opens the window, and jumps out.” — dagnytaggart

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“My old job was working 2nd shift at a hospital. This required me to take the last B-Line train home on Friday nights, which is the train that all the drunk college kids would take from the bars downtown.

“One night, this girl gets on, and sits on the upper level of the subway car across from me (for those unfamiliar with the new Boston subway trains, they are usually split into 2 levels connected by a set of stairs). She’s obviously very drunk, swaying back and forth in her seat.

“All of a sudden, she turns her head and vomits all over the person standing in the level below her. The person that was puked on started to heave and vomit, and soon, more and more people started to throw up.

“It was like a domino effect. I got off the train due to the smell.” — saintboniface

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“During the holidays last year the person sitting next to me kept falling asleep and leaning on my shoulder. I asked if I could move to an empty seat because he had done it five or six times in an hour after I asked him to stop.

“He turns his head and says, ‘I wasn’t falling asleep.’” — SuperBoredAtWork

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“I had a guy on the E line compliment my green hair, and he said ‘My mom would kill me if I did something like that,’ and I said, ‘You should do something rebellious anyway!’ and then as I’m about to get off he says ‘I did’ and swings around so I see his other arm and he was missing his arm from the elbow down.” — ChaiSaliva

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“I am a little big boned, and usually have to sit a little off the seat on the NYC bus. One day, on a busy rush-hour bus, at the 42nd street stop a woman came on the bus and sat on my knee.

“She was late 30s, dressed like she works in a nice office, by all accounts normal, except she sat on my knee. I didn’t say anything for two blocks, tried to gather the courage to say something for the next two blocks, then she got up and left. No one said a word, or even looked at us.” — anonymous

As you can see, a lot of bizarre things happen on public transportation. Although many have no explanation, these outlandish moments are definitely memorable.

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