Crackerjab's thread reminded me of an incident yesterday that I was trying to forget, but it's so horrible that I'm failing miserably at that. So I'll just subject you guys to the story so you can feel my horror too.
Anyway, this dirty hippy/hobo-looking guy comes on the bus. I could smell him from where I was sitting, so I moved a few seats back. It also helped that he moved a few seats forward, so then I couldn't smell his BO. However, when the lady who was sitting from him disembarked, he removed his shoes. OMG!!!! I could smell his dirty, smelly, disgusting feet from 4 rows away!!! It smelled like a combination of dirty gym socks that have been worn for a month straight and not washed, wet smelly dog, and rotting carcass. Times a million.
I seriously felt like puking or worse, and it seems like everyone on the bus was feeling the same. People were opening windows, covering their noses, holding their breaths for as long as they could and generally doing everything in their power to NOT smell the horrifying malodorous dirty-hippy/hobo feet. Finally, the driver put his foot down and told the guy to put his shoes back on because he was making the whole bus stink. But it didn't help much because the smell had already permeated the confined air of the bus. *retch* It was a good thing I only had to go through 10 mins of this before my stop came and I was able to escape the torture chamber that the bus had become. Upon getting off I immediately sprayed myself with my cologne to get rid of any hideous odors that may have clung to me. UGH UGH UGH UGH.
For those of you who do take public transportation, how often do you encounter this kind of stuff, and how do you deal with it? I usually just get off and bike for a bit before catching another bus, but it just so happened that I was in an area where the buses run every 20min, so if I did that or just biked all the way I'd be late for class.