The 21 Most Awkward Things About Taking Public Transport

Let’s all just stay home.

1. When you notice your ticket isn’t valid, but you’re already at the gate.

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2. When you fall asleep on the train.

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3. Or worse, when someone falls asleep on you.

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4. When there’s a bus nutter on your journey.

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5. When you accidentally look someone in the eye.

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6. And in response, they try to flirt across the carriage.

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7. When you encounter a seat hog, and try to reason with them.

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8. When you’re trapped in a carriage with a busker.

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9. When someone sneezes on you, or worse, on the pole.

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10. When people treat the seats like a gym.

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11. When the bus/train is so full that you’re pushed up against a stranger, and you just try to ignore it.

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12. When you’re sat next to some heavy petting.

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13. When you don’t quite manage to make it on.

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14. When the driver sees you, but closes the doors anyway.

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15. When tourists take photos next to you.

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16. When there’s aggro on the back of the bus.

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17. When you bump into a colleague and you still have 30 minutes of your journey left.

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18. When you think about giving up your seat for a lady, but worry that she will she be offended.

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19. When you notice too late that your headphones aren’t plugged in.

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20. When you wake up at the end of the line on the last train of the night and have to do the shame walk to the local minicab office.

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21. When you’re this guy.

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Ailbhe Malone is the UK lifestyle editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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