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oaks2012 Tue 06-Nov-12 20:34:26

My nearly two year old and I were travelling home on the train from my SILs (visiting new baby).. We stayed longer than intended so he missed his nap and was restless on the train. I had him on my lap, looking at a toddler game which makes a twinkling sound when he touches the screen (along with colours and shapes).. The "conductor" (was the London Overground - it said conductor on his jacket, he seemed to be getting off at each stop and blowing a whistle!) told me to turn the sound off as it was disturbing others in the carriage - I hadnt noticed anyone looking disturbed by it, nor disturbed by a woman who kept shouting down her phone whenever it rang..

I did as I was told - turned the sound off - but my tired and grumpy boy had a meltdown and cried on my lap for the next few stops, and only stopped when I let him get down and wandered the carriage with him..

Surely the twinking mobile noise would have been better than a screaming child?!!!

WreckOfTheBeautiful Tue 06-Nov-12 20:45:07

Yabu, I'd take the screaming baby over irritating repetitive synthesised mobile noises any day. Sorry it upset your son but it is vvu to inflict mobile noises on fellow passengers (same goes for the person bellowing on their phone).

MadameCastafiore Tue 06-Nov-12 20:47:05

Beeping would send me over the edge - I can't stand it and after a day at work would have been glad for the conductor to say something to you. Take a book and read to him next time maybe?

whois Tue 06-Nov-12 20:48:07

Headphones people, headphones. Or sound OFF.

No one else wants to hear the electronic noises of someone else's game.

parakeet Tue 06-Nov-12 20:49:12

YABU. Audible noise from computer games on a train is very selfish and inconsiderate to other travellers, be it "twinkling" noise or otherwise.

Just because other people didn't have "disturbed" looks on their faces, doesn't mean they weren't finding it annoying. The phone woman was being inconsiderate too, but two wrongs don't make a right, etc.

Letting him play the game wasn't the only means you had of stopping him from crying, as he stopped when you took him for a wander. So using the game is just you being lazy really, sorry if that sounds harsh.

usualsuspect3 Tue 06-Nov-12 20:49:13

I would have ignored the conductor and carried on twinkling.

whois Tue 06-Nov-12 20:49:34

Can't you find him something visual to do on the iPhone that doesn't need sound f he likes the iPhone so much? My bro has an app where beautiful fire work type patterns explode where you touch and change as you move your inher around or tap harder. No noise needed. Happy baby happy train.

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 06-Nov-12 20:49:35

YABU - crying baby I can deal with bleep bleepy bleep bleep would drive me round the twist.

overthehill Tue 06-Nov-12 20:49:45

I've been on a couple of train journeys recently with carriages full of raucous and hysterical women on hen parties and the guard/conductor has done nothing, on other journeys with people breaking into song(!) and a whole host of electronic noises, over-loud music etc. In my humble opinion your train conductor was over-reacting.

TaggieCampbellBlack Tue 06-Nov-12 20:50:50

Twinkling music or screaming baby, either way I'd have hated you.

Mostly electronic 'music' though.

usualsuspect3 Tue 06-Nov-12 20:51:00

You should have read him the complete works of shakespeare , you lazy cow wink

Sirzy Tue 06-Nov-12 20:52:51

YABU. Nobody else wants to listen to the noise, those games can be pretty annoying! find something to play which doesn't make a noise.

EmpressOfTheSevenRomanCandles Tue 06-Nov-12 20:54:16

After a few minutes of twinkling I'd have gone to find another seat.

Nivet Tue 06-Nov-12 20:54:46

I'd take twinkling (low volume) over screaming child any day. I get enough screaming children at home grin

I have NEVER seen a conductor on the London Overground, let alone one who cared what the passengers were doing.

I'm an Honor Oaker, wondered if you were with your MN name?

oaks2012 Tue 06-Nov-12 20:55:19

Yes, probably was being lazy, but cancer treatment and a toddler does leave you a little tired. Probably the toddler more so than the cancer treatment!!!!

usualsuspect3 Tue 06-Nov-12 20:55:32

I'd take beeping over a screaming child too.

usualsuspect3 Tue 06-Nov-12 20:55:58

I was joking.

I'm on your side.

MrsTerryPratchett Tue 06-Nov-12 20:56:10

What a bunch of joyless bastards on MN. It's a noisy tube train. Those games are annoying but I'd rather that than a screaming child. Needs must when the devil drives. Get headphones

nokidshere Tue 06-Nov-12 20:57:11

I'd be happier with a twinkling child than a group of raucous adults any day! The single most irritating thing on any journey is the sound of an adult who likes to let the whole world know everything he/she says.

There are some very miserable people about!!!

usualsuspect3 Tue 06-Nov-12 20:57:13

MN is full of the joyless <sighs>

thegreylady Tue 06-Nov-12 20:58:48

I was on the train last Thursday and a family got on with 2 dc including a girl of about 4.She had an interactive toy laptop which made constant repetetive noises.I was in a booked seat on a crowded train but after 30 minutes [when everyone from neighbouring seats had moved] I couldn't stand it.I apologised to the family saying,"Sorry the noise is interacting with my hearing aid[true] but I can see it is keeping her entertained so I will move."
I did.I wish they had switched it off.YABU.

oaks2012 Tue 06-Nov-12 20:58:55

usualsuspect3 --- i was replying to parakeet saying I was being lazy!!

I realised you are on my side.. Which is good... Im on my side too smile

oaks2012 Tue 06-Nov-12 21:03:50

Nivet - I dont know what an Honor Oaker is !! Sorry

Viviennemary Tue 06-Nov-12 21:04:21

I hate noise on trains. And certainly not bleeping toys. I think the conductor was right to tell you to switch it off. I'm afraid I'd have moved away too.

usualsuspect3 Tue 06-Nov-12 21:05:48

I never realised you had to sit in complete silence on a train.

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