mups wrote:superking wrote:headhonchoII wrote:A woman once wanted to have my baby within one minute of meeting me on the MRT. I think she was a bit
mad though, she progressed to peel and eat an orange in front of the horrified MRT riders. The horror of it! ( the eating of the orange, not the let's make a baby part and no I did not tale up the offer).
It's weird isn't it, you can vomit puddles of red betel spit onto the floor in public, make deep deep nose and throat clearing wrench sounds at the dinner table, and freely spit fish bones onto pieces of toilet paper in restaurants, yet so much as reach for a chewing gum on the MRT and the horror stare is unleashed.
I think it's because the MRT is relatively new and pristine, and therefore sacred. People there typically stay orderly on the escalators and such, and when getting on and off. But once they step out into the crap that is Taipei, it's hork city and pinball sidewalk.
I'm a firm believer surroundings are reflected in people's attitudes.
I suspect there is also a lessening of the type of dirt spewing sections of Taipei society seen riding on the MRT. You open an MRT in the greater Taichung area, Changua etc and it would quickly become a place for transporting gas bottles, caged wild animals and the like. Heck they'd probably be openly barbecuing on an MRT in some parts of the country. You gotta love Taiwan for that though.