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to think that spitting in public is downright disgusting.

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vienna1981 Sun 08-Feb-15 19:21:48

This is something that seems to happen particularly after dark where I live. Tonight on the High Street pavement there are innumerable blobs of spit and mucus and God knows what else. Plus chewing gum and bubble gum. It's absolutely foul.
Who does it and why ? Are there any laws against it in the UK ?

I've heard that some foreign countries don't tolerate public spitting and discarded chewing gum at all and deal quite severely with offenders.

The deputy head at my secondary school took a particularly dim view of anyone he caught flegging in the playground. Usually sent to the toilets for paper towels in order to clean up after themselves, plus detentionangry . Proper discipline from thirty plus years ago. Would it happen now ?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 08-Feb-15 19:23:48

YADNBU. I dont understand why it is at all socially acceptable. Seeing someones big gob of mucus on the pavement gives me the boak.

BathtimeFunkster Sun 08-Feb-15 19:24:54


It's revolting.

JohnPlayingDarts Sun 08-Feb-15 19:25:00

I agree it's vile. I've caught my DH winding down the car window and spitting when he's got a cold. I slaughtered him. Why not spit in to a tissue if you have got a cold and have to get rid of it.

LooksLikeImStuckHere Sun 08-Feb-15 19:25:05

Hate it, hate it, hate it. Absoutely disgusting.

I may be making this up am sure someone told me this was outlawed many moons ago because of the cholera epidemic.

InteriorsMum Sun 08-Feb-15 19:26:59

It is an absolutely vile habit YANBU

Wantsunshine Sun 08-Feb-15 19:27:08

Yes I think there are laws against it and you can get fined. I think for some cultures it is not seen as an issue though

scratchandsniff Sun 08-Feb-15 19:27:16


It is absolutely vile. No excuse for it. I make it my mission to shoot my most disgusted face at the culprit if I'm witness to it.

HairyOrk Sun 08-Feb-15 19:28:14

YANBU at all!!!
It's my number one pet peeve!

SquidgyMaltLoaf Sun 08-Feb-15 19:28:28

I hate it too. Disgusting habit. It doesn't help that footballers seem to do it every two minutes as I do think particularly young boys copy them!

candyflosssky Sun 08-Feb-15 19:30:27


Tinofroses Sun 08-Feb-15 19:30:57

I was at a children's soccer match and my friends husband did a huge disgusting phlegmy spit and he caught me watching him. I was so flabbergasted I said to him 'you are disgusting' without thinking . Anyway his wife overheard me calling her husband disgusting and guess what she doesn't speak to me anymore.

Icimoi Sun 08-Feb-15 19:30:57

Absolutely. It physically makes me gag.

I really don't understand why footballers do it. You don't see other sportsmen gobbling all over tennis courts, cricket pitches etc, and if the vast majority of the population can manage without spitting, why can't the rest?

WhereIsMyFurryHat Sun 08-Feb-15 19:32:27

It is absolutely disgusting.
I cannot stand it. Why does anyone think that it is ok?!?!


scarletforya Sun 08-Feb-15 19:32:41

It's sickening. How hard is it to use a tissue?

Out0fCheeseError Sun 08-Feb-15 19:33:48

YANBU. I passed a cyclist the other day who proceeded to evacuate both nostrils onto the path beside him. I saw the gobs of snot hit the pavement. Vile vile vile.

Behooven Sun 08-Feb-15 19:34:22

YADNBU - revolting

AnnieMorel Sun 08-Feb-15 19:37:33

My no1 pet hate too.

Footballers have a lot to answer for - all that unnecessary gobbing on the pitch.

And chewing gum. Why do people spit it out, just swallow it or put it in a bin!

DoNotDenyMe Sun 08-Feb-15 19:38:40

Funny that this should come up here today.... Yesterday I saw a man spit inside the supermarket!!!!shock
The security guard informed a manager who gave him a tissue and got him to wipe it up. He was very 'not bothered' by it all though- at one point saying, "For Gods sake, what's the big deal?".

meoryou Sun 08-Feb-15 19:39:02

filthy filthy habit and pretty much unnecessary ... carry a bloody tissue!!

vienna1981 Sun 08-Feb-15 19:39:05

Squidgy. You took the words out of my mouth. Footballers set an appalling example and you're probably right that youngsters copy them. Just before I came into this pub tonight a teenage oik deposited a large gobful on the pavement. I would happily give the uncouth little shit a good kicking but for the CCTV cameras around here. angry

It's also something certain men do when confronted with a urinal, apart from the obvious. Equally baffling.

BuzzardBird Sun 08-Feb-15 19:40:00

Would actually pay towards snipers to sort this problem out.

meoryou Sun 08-Feb-15 19:41:49

Do not deny shock that is seriously mingin! He's a hallion.

Should have been told to leave the store!

jackydanny Sun 08-Feb-15 19:41:58

Some anti social toe rag hoiked up a big green phlegm at the bus stop.
As the weather was freezing it sat there for weeks and made me feel sick every morning.

FindoGask Sun 08-Feb-15 19:44:58

UGH yes I hate this!

I can sort of understand why footballers might do it - exercising in cold air can make your airways very mucusy. Sometimes when I'm out for a run I need to attempt a discreet hoik and spit (but never on the street!) otherwise I can't breathe properly. But for people not running about for 90 minutes in the cold, it's completely unnecessary.

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