moomoose · 04/07/2017 14:57
The person sitting opposite me on the train (it's a long journey - 2.5 hours) has taken their shoes off, put their feet on the seat next to me and started what sounds like a long phone call. Either of these things in isolation wouldn't be too bad, but somehow the combination of their wriggling toes approx 30cm from me combined with being forced to listen to their inane chat is driving me MAD.
So, I can take it, give me your honest opinions. AIBU to want to KILL them? Or am being ridiculous?
HarrietKettleWasHere · 04/07/2017 15:01
Oh god no I hate it when people use a long journey to catch up on a phone call.
its always loud and no it is not the same as hearing two people have a conversation. I don't give a shit about your Auntie Doris and her cracked pipes. No I don't care that you might have a chippy tea. Shut uuuuuuupppp.
As for the feet. Eeewwwwww.
moomoose · 04/07/2017 15:18
Socks, not bare feet. I'm a pussy so haven't said anything, but may well try the fart app. Or maybe just playing with my ringtones?
If it wouldn't annoy everyone else I'd just listen to my podcast out loud rather than through my headphones and wait for the inevitable hard stare before following up with 'oh, is this bothering you? Yeah, loud noises on trains are a pain, aren't they. If only I had headphones! Oh well.'
Iris65 · 04/07/2017 15:24
As a teacher I immediatley respond as I do with pupils 'Could you take your feet off the seat please?' in a firm, no nonsense voice and without emotion. Many people, including adults, have a reflex response of doing what they are told!
However, having been left this long it is a bit more tricky but an honest answer of 'I don't like it.' if they ask 'Why?' can also get results.
moomoose · 04/07/2017 15:50
The phone call finally ended, and the closing comments were 'I'm going to sleep until London now anyway, see you this evening'. AH HA! I'll wait till they look asleep then my phone alarm might go off, accidentally. Must have forgotten to turn it off. Oops!
Have plonked my bag down on the seat accompanied by a HARD STARE and they did move their feet. Looked put out though.
onalongsabbatical · 04/07/2017 15:59
Is it a man, though? You have not divulged, OP... I cannot imagine a woman doing the shoe/feet thing. Taking shoes off discretely, yes. Talking bollocks on phone for far too long, sadly, oh yes. Shoes off/feet up? Can't see it, it's gotta be a man!
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