What has been your most disturbing experience on public transportation?
This morning at about 5 AM on the New York City Subway I was sitting there and a guy walked on with his arms covered with cuts and blood. His wrists were slit. He for some godawful reason decided to sit directly across from me and stare at me. Since it was 5 AM the train was sparsely populated and most of the people were asleep. Unfortunately he got on at Court street when the train goes under the river from Brooklyn to Manhattan for a few minutes because I would have liked to get off immediately. I sat there for a few minutes with him staring at me and saying things (I can't remember much since the stress of the situation was inhibiting my ability to make sense of words, although "you piece of ****" stands out). I know now I should've gotten up and moved immediately but at the time given his proximity to me and distance from anyone else, the fact that he was probably in possession of a knife, I was afraid of giving him any provocation.
A couple minutes later he got up and walked over to someone else, stood right over them and talked for a bit, pointing at me and informing this person that I was a "piece of ****", getting blood all over the hand rails. Then he walked on to the next car.
I don't know if he later ended up passing out or dying from blood loss but he sure left a puddle of blood across from me on the floor of the train.
I have been a car free, tireless public transportation advocate for seven years but it is hard for me to imagine telling anyone who has had the experience I just had that they should get out of their car.