The Transit Pet Peeve Battle has been a lot of fun so far. Battle #1 between Birdie Big Bags and Lounge Lizard resulted in an early exit for the unconscious reptile who lost by 185 votes to the bird who feels her precious bags are more deserving of seats than people riding the bus.
If you ask me, I thought that Battle #2 was a big upset. People decidedly voted that Funky Ferret’s excessive odor on transit is more atrocious than Chatty Chihuahua gabbing too loudly on his phone. I’ve witness loud phone talkers far many more time than smelt unpleasant or unwanted odors on transit, but I guess smell pounds out sound this time around! Funky Ferret received 580 votes compared to only 171 votes for Chatty Chihuahua.
Today’s battle is between two well-know pet peeves. We’ve all observed or been a hungry hamster ourselves before. You’ve just visited the grandparents, and they’ve given you some of their wonderful food to take home. But who can wait for home to dig into that splendid comfort food? Hungry Hamsters don’t think about others on transit when they chow down on food that may not be as appetizing to their fellow travelers as it is for them, not to mention dangerous if someone else travelling on transit is allergic to something in the food. Food on transit can also be hazard if it is dropped or spilled.
Facing off against the Hamster is Disco Dog. This peeve can be witnessed daily on transit. Music is great, as long as you don’t force others to listen to it. People should be able to listen for their stop and to generally have a pleasant experience on transit. If music is too loud, it can make taking the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express difficult. Turn down the tunes. If you think of no one else but yourself, it will at least save your hearing. Oh, and as someone who listens to music on transit myself, I recommend using closed headphones instead of open headphones or earbuds. Closed headphones are much better at reducing sound leakage.
Thanks to everyone who’s voted so far. I’m curious to see which pet peeve will be declared the biggest in one week’s time. Do any of you have a hunch on who the champion will be? Place your votes to make sure your pet peeve wins!