June 16, 2005

Subway Watermelon Nastiness

POST #    1761


On my way to dinner last night, I was on the 4 to City Hall when a passenger broke out a 1/4 watermelon piece. If that wasn't somewhat odd enough, he decided that he wanted to share it with his friend. To break it, the two geniuses decided to push down on each end of the melon while balancing it on a knee. Not surprisingly, one half of the watermelon tumbled to the floor and skid about half a foot. The man who was going to eat that half said "Damn!", picked up his half thought about it for a second and then started to pick a few things off his half and dug in. As you can see, I captured it on the cameraphone and for that one man, the 5 second rule applies to the subway too.

Quite possibly one of the more disturbing things I've seen inside the subway. It's up there with the pile of shit I once saw.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, NYC at 8:05 AM



ew, that is so gross. they might as well eat the pile of shit if they're going to eat food that fell on the subway floor!

Posted by: rachelle at June 16, 2005 8:31 AM


Posted by: FlatGreg at June 16, 2005 10:28 AM

cool, you got Gawk'd

Posted by: CJ at June 16, 2005 12:57 PM

maybe he should spit the watermelon seeds into the pile of shit to decorate it up a bit

Posted by: karen at June 16, 2005 2:00 PM

My girlfriend and I watched a man eat a whole roast chicken on the London Underground. I was disgusted...who's that hungry? Or that pressed for time. 'Gee, I need to stuff my gaping maw with cheap roasted flesh I pull apart with my hands, but I also need to get across town. If only I could do both things at once!'

Posted by: Guy at June 16, 2005 2:07 PM

guy, unless the man picked up pieces he dropped off the floor, i can't imagine it being as bad as this. i mean, who hasn't eaten in the subway.

i will say that the guy was considerate enough to kick a piece that fell off under his seat.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 16, 2005 2:35 PM

This more relates to your pile of shit story, but I got off the M train one morning at Broad Street and was face with a gigantic human turd right there on the platform in front of me.

Wouldn't have expected that on Wall Street, but whatever. Made a great story.

Posted by: Zander at June 16, 2005 2:43 PM

I despise people who eat on the subway - either eat it where you bought it, or wait until you get home. For god sake, are you that voracious that you must feed at that moment? It also seems to be the case that the same people who feel compelled to devour food on the train are the same people who ditch their trash under the seats afterwards. Were you raised by vermin?

Posted by: Rocknrope [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 16, 2005 3:32 PM

Well, at least the doorknobs who want to consume in Vancouver offer to share BEFORE the shit hits the floor. Can't tell you how many times I've been on the Skytrain and somebody's hauled out a bottle of something and offered it around. Was tempted by the cider, not so much the Bacardi. It's made in Alberta, fer chrissakes!

Posted by: raincoaster at June 16, 2005 6:41 PM

My ickiest public transportation food consumption experience was riding the NYC subway and witnessing a lady pushing saucy mushrooms from a ziploc bag into her mouth.

I am equally grossed out by people clipping their nails on the subway. And people picking their noses.

However, having morning sickness and smelling people's morning coffee is the only thing that ever made me nauseous on the train.

Posted by: Danielle at June 17, 2005 8:23 PM

I'm a middle school science teacher who was Googling "Five Second Rule" this summer for examples to put in a book I'm writing. I mentioned this post to my students. It's pretty nasty. :)

Posted by: Hom at September 27, 2005 11:45 PM

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