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To have got the wipes out??

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Clotho Sun 22-Jan-17 16:23:03

Just fallen out with DM over this..
Short story: sat on train on way home next to DM at one of the table seats. We were both being highly antisocial and on our phones. The train was pretty full, some chap sat down opposite me (also on his phone with headphones). Then he sneezes, without covering his mouth and I feel it land all over my hand, side of face and phone! I was totally grossed out and got out my anti-bac wipes (toddler at home -they go everywhere) I wiped my face, hands, phone and the table in front of me. (And shot a disgusted look at said bloke). DM meanwhile is muttering about ME being rude and embarrassing!
Massive row ensues in car, once off train (I can't help it sometimes, 37 and she still baits me). I reckon she's being ridiculous, she reckons wiping it all up is rude and embarrassing..... WIBU to clean up in the train??

Ilovewillow Sun 22-Jan-17 16:24:21

YANBU - what were you supposed to do sit there with it all over your arm etc! It's revolting!

SparkyStar84 Sun 22-Jan-17 16:25:45


Just yuk! I might not have wiped my face, but definitely the anti bac would be everywhere else. I wouldn't have shot a dirty look, but would have prob pulled a 'how grim is this' face whilst anti bac'ing!

AVirginLitTheCandle Sun 22-Jan-17 16:26:08

Of course YANBU. Did she just expect you to sit there with someone else's snot on your arm?

Boofeckinghoo Sun 22-Jan-17 16:26:31

Ewww! YADNBU envybarf

SparkyStar84 Sun 22-Jan-17 16:27:44

I just wanted to add it's probably been a long day for you both, the weather is grim. You're probably both tired too.

Can you edit posts on here? Sorry to hijack with a question. flowers

perfectlybroken Sun 22-Jan-17 16:27:56

Ooh I'm normally on the other side on the fence when it comes to anti-bac, but being sneezed on by a stranger is grim! yanbu!

AVirginLitTheCandle Sun 22-Jan-17 16:28:31

Can you edit posts on here?

In short, no.

Wherehasmydevilcomefrom Sun 22-Jan-17 16:28:47

Ewww. Of course YANBU!

KlingybunFistelvase Sun 22-Jan-17 16:36:59

Ywnbu to get the wipes out and it really sounds gross, but it also sounds like you were quite rude by shooting him a look and making a giant fuss unless I'm picturing it wrong.

Being sneezed on is grim and he should definitely have used a tissue and apologised profusely, but I wouldn't have lost my shit over it like that if it had been me who was sneezed on. I'm sure he didn't mean to do it and you must have made a pretty big fuss if your mum was embarrassed of you.

With a toddler at home, you are probably exposed to plenty of germs anyway. I have a toddler too and feel like I constantly have the cold! That doesn't make what he did ok btw. He definitely was rude too.

HecateAntaia Sun 22-Jan-17 16:37:51

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PastysPrincess Sun 22-Jan-17 16:40:42

Deffo YANBU. Super gross!!!

cherrycokehead Sun 22-Jan-17 16:42:37

YANBU to wipe, YABU to have made quite so much of a drama out of it

Figure17a Sun 22-Jan-17 16:43:49

I think I might be with your mum. In order to avoid embarrassing anyone (which is what most manners are about) I'd have pretended not to notice I was covered in snot. If I had the means and felt I must clear up I'd certainly wouldn't have made a performance out of it as you seem to have

Magzmarsh Sun 22-Jan-17 16:45:45

I think you were remarkably restrained op. I probably would have given him an ill-advised bollocking and been hauled off by British transport police 😬

DontTouchTheMoustache Sun 22-Jan-17 16:49:09

Would she think you were being unreasonable if you had picked up a nasty virus and passed it on to DC?

CatchTheRainbow Sun 22-Jan-17 16:50:08

Did he say anything? Apologise?

I sneezed on a bus and covered my mouth (obviously). The woman in front started grabbing the back of her head and turning around at me clicking her tongue ... it was very much an overreaction. I don't think yours was though.

Liiinoo Sun 22-Jan-17 16:50:32

I am vehemently anti excessive hygiene but what he did was disgusting. He is the one that should be embarrassed.

Mysterycat23 Sun 22-Jan-17 16:52:13

YANBU that is disgusting. Did the guy aplogise for spluttering his germs all over you? I'm guessing your mum has form for passing judgement on her adult offspring's behaviour?!

dotdotdotmustdash Sun 22-Jan-17 16:53:08

I would probably have pretended to sneeze or have a coughing fit and then got the wipes out to clean 'myself' up.

WhereYouLeftIt Sun 22-Jan-17 16:59:20

Ewww. Not only would I have got the wipes out, I would also have told him to cover his mouth next time he sneezed as nobody wants to be covered in his snot. Grim, so grim.

Your mother is being ridiculous. And tough shit if the bloke felt embarrassed. He should feel embarrassed, and maybe that feeling will prevent him from being so gross the next time he sneezes.

Serialweightwatcher Sun 22-Jan-17 16:59:40

Ewwwwwwwwwww dirty beggar - why didn't he cover his mouth up? I would have shouted "What the hell" before taking the wipes out and given him my Paddington hard stare - yaaaaack - You were in no way unreasonable - would she have sat their covered in snot? hmm

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Sun 22-Jan-17 17:00:39

There are probably two sides to this. You weren't in the wrong if you wanted to wipe sneeze spray off yourself, but perhaps your mum thought you weren't very discreet about it and went a little overboard..? A teeny bit dramatic with big sighs and tuts as you scrubbed the table? grin

It would be a real shame to fall out over what is, in the grand scale of things, a minor disagreement.

Sometimes you've got to think, Do I want to be happy or do I want to be right? and pick your battles accordingly.

I hope you make up with your mum smile

SparkyStar84 Sun 22-Jan-17 17:02:01

So your advice would be sit there covered in snot/saliva? There's some really nasty bugs out there I'm sure OP & her DC don't want to catch. Ok playing devils advocate it's the chance you take going out, but to be sneezed on, without the guy covering his mouth/nose is just vile.
If she had left it to wise herself till later, she might have forgot.

NavyandWhite Sun 22-Jan-17 17:03:39

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