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AIBU to think that it's antisocial to paint your nails on the train?

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pasturesgreen · 14/12/2019 16:19

Currently on a long distance train journey, fairly empty coach. Across from the aisle there's this woman who is painting her nails. I loathe the smell. Now, I realise this is a minor annoyance, and that I can move to another empty seat, but just for the sake of passing the remaining 3 hours on my journey: AIBU to think that personal grooming (nail painting, applying full face of makeup, extensive hair brushing etc.) is best reserved for behind closed doors?

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Butchyrestingface · 14/12/2019 16:21



PlasticPatty · 14/12/2019 16:21

Travel time is 'dead' time. You have to make the best use of it you can. Sometimes that means sleeping. Sometimes it means painting your nails.


BlueEyedFloozy · 14/12/2019 16:21

Can't say it would bother me tbh.

I used to go on 4 hour train rides regularly and used the time to do my make up and just potter about to pass the time.

It's no more anti social than eating or drinking really.


Fraggling · 14/12/2019 16:22

Yabu it honks

Someone was doing it on the tube the other day Hmm


BinkyBaa · 14/12/2019 16:22

You could try telling her the smell is bothering you? To be honest from the title alone I didn't realise what the problem was myself. Maybe she doesn't know the smell is strong enough for other passengers to be uncomfortable?


Roselilly36 · 14/12/2019 16:23

Make up fine, but nail polish stinks YANBU.


FelixFelicis6 · 14/12/2019 16:23

I’ve done it when I was really short on time Blush I hate the smell too so did feel bad.


impostersyndrome · 14/12/2019 16:24

Absolutely. Actually worse than putting on make-up, which I can’t stand anyway, as the smell is so strong.

And add smelly food to your list while you’re at it. Why are people so inconsiderate?


hastingsmua1 · 14/12/2019 16:26

YABU in regard to makeup - how does odourless & mess free makeup application effect you? Also what exactly is “ extensive hair brushing”Hmm


emilybrontescorsett · 14/12/2019 16:31

Someone applying make up- would t bother me in the slightest.
Painting nails- the smell doesn't bother me but I understand some people don't like it.


ChristmasSpiritsOnThRocksPleas · 14/12/2019 16:32

Smelly activities are a no go on trains.


milliefiori · 14/12/2019 16:35

YANBU. The smell is antisocially strong. But I did it once when I was short of time on the way to an important event and my nails were in a terrible state, so had to be done. I felt very embarassed and sheepish.


queenMab99 · 14/12/2019 16:36

Yes, especially toe nails Grin


InTheBleakMidwinterIWouldSing · 14/12/2019 16:37

The smell gives me a headache.

I was on a train last week when the man behind me put on spray deodorant. I mean WTF? I know that a lot of people aren't bothered by aerosol/solvent smells but I get a sore throat almost immediately if they're used in an enclosed space so am not a fan.


user1493494961 · 14/12/2019 16:55

Yes, very anti-social. I've been on a busy train when a woman sharing a table seat with me started painting her nails, the smell was awful.


GruciusMalfoy · 14/12/2019 16:58

Yanbu about nail polish, it can smell strongly and affect asthma. I don't care about normal makeup being applied, it doesn't affect anyone else.


managedmis · 14/12/2019 17:01

YANBU. Ridiculous behaviour


BigSandyBalls2015 · 14/12/2019 17:03

Could be worse, she could have been eating a Leon chicken satay Grin


GrapefruitGin · 14/12/2019 17:04

Yanbu. It’s not allowed on aeroplanes, the smell is bloody nauseating.


9ofpentangles · 14/12/2019 17:06

Yanbu but more for these reasons:


TheBigFatMermaid · 14/12/2019 17:07


My 14 year old DD tried this in the car the other day! I went mad, she capped it straight away, but even with the windows open, the smell took ages to go away!


Rachelfromfriends1 · 14/12/2019 17:07

I cannot, for the life of me, see an issue with someone putting makeup on.


Rachelfromfriends1 · 14/12/2019 17:10

I used to commute from Midlands to London for work temporarily. I’d have to be at the London office for 9, so would get a combination of trains and tubes starting at 6am. Why is it a concern of yours if I use that dead time to fix my makeup instead?


Vulpine · 14/12/2019 17:11

'Travel time is dead time' - are you allowed to shave your legs, wax your bikini line?


LuckyAmy1986 · 14/12/2019 17:12

Make up fine, nails no

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