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Gulf News Reader Comments [Sep. 15th, 2009|04:19 am]
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Just a quick post to laugh at with at the people I share my city (and my metro) with. These are reader comments posted less than 2 weeks before the opening of the Metro, in response to the article titled, "Eating, drinking or smoking on Metro prohibited." Is it just me, or are these funny?

(Edited only to remove the less interesting bits.)

"Food should be allowed while bicycles too, in the last compartment only. Food is a basic need for any at any time. They should even have a buffet to serve light meals."
Sarath, Sharjah,U.A.E.
(Sarath is hungry.)

"I think it would be a very good idea if Dubai metro install smoking cabins. In that way they will avoid illegal smoking!"
Stine Gram Dubai,UAE
(Stine is a smoker.)

"I was just wondering if at all the metro have wash rooms inside???? otherwise its going to be a real surprise for many. On road we at least have the fuel stations."
Deepak, Dubai,UAE
(Deepak needs to go. Now.)

"I would like the RTA to let infants be fed milk in the bottle in case they are hungry or cry but not feed with the bowl as again the food is bound to fall down. Thanks"
Dora, Dubai,UAE
(Why do I imagine an infant eating from a bowl on the floor, like my kitties?)

"I appreciate the initiative RTA has taken and applaud the strict rules and regulations stated. However, stopping commuters from drinking and eating on the Metro is against the very purpose of having a metro...."
Hurez Hussain
(Hurez is confused about the very purpose of having a Metro.)

"Yes obviously high intensity aromatic foods should probably be prohibited to consume, that's just common sense. Children should obviously be fed, and water should be allowed for everyone travelling. What about poor level of personal hygiene, because i can safely say this will ruin everybody's journey, what about over-used extreme after-shaves and perfumes that are quite ghastly? both of which violate the senses, will there be some way of measuring this? will we have security guards who will monitor this? What about food shopping, some fish and other foods can be quite potent, is there a ruling here? will you be refused travel?"
From A Reader, Dubai,UAE
(Didn't edit that one. Didn't have to.)

"While I was in Dubai, I had to drive to certain locations to pack food or for grocery. Does it mean that one cannot use metro to transport items bought at grocery or food courts? Can't imagine trolleys and trolleys of grocery from Mall of the Emirates being transported in Metro. Will it be banned?"
Manish, Doha,Qatar
(I would love to see somebody try this.)

"Even you have to ban them use of chewing gum. It will cause problem. If anybody stick the chewing gum between doors it will get stuck."
Abdul Rajak, Abu Dhabi,UAE
(No... it won't?)

"Chewing Pan should also be banned at the stations and in trains."
Gopimohan Krishnan Nair, DUBAI,UAE
(Maybe, but would that even be an issue? Isn't it technically not allowed anyway?)

"It is the duty and responsiblity of every passenger travelling in metro trains that the rules should be strictly followed by us and make the journey full of excitment and joyful..GET SET GO..."
Emran Naeem Shaikh, Dubai,UAE
(Emran is as excited as I am!)

[User Picture]From: pappubahry
2009-09-15 12:59 am (UTC)
what about over-used extreme after-shaves and perfumes that are quite ghastly? both of which violate the senses, will there be some way of measuring this? will we have security guards who will monitor this?

I am imagining security guards dedicated to precisely this purpose....
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[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2009-09-15 08:46 am (UTC)
I would pay towards the upkeep of such security guards. Arabs (particularly the men) wear the most ghastly perfumes and colognes known to humankind.
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[User Picture]From: bec_87rb
2009-09-15 01:33 pm (UTC)

Subway Sniffer Police

Hell, we need that here in the US in summer. Perfume is not a substitute for a shower, folks.
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[User Picture]From: nativeinformant
2009-09-15 01:16 am (UTC)
I find it extra funny that this is a Ramadan conversation
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2009-09-15 09:34 pm (UTC)
Totally! People are going 12+ hours without a drink of water, but you expect us to go 45 minutes without a Starbucks??????
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2009-09-15 05:43 am (UTC)
If this post weren't friends-only, I would link to it.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2009-09-15 09:32 pm (UTC)
I went back and forth on whether it was rude to laugh at these readers publicly. What do you think?
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2009-09-16 04:24 am (UTC)
I figure they've already put themselves in the public domain by writing to the newspaper. But it's your journal, and thus your call.

I went to MoE yesterday. There were no mall guards preventing anyone from taking trolleys out towards the metro, only a sign advising against the same. I wonder what the police would say if you got your own trolley.

Oh, and while the 3D film was mostly propaganda, the end wasn't too shabby. Except for how dominoes kept falling up to become buildings.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2009-09-16 08:16 am (UTC)
That's what I was thinking. Link away!

I liked the dominoes falling up. =D
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[User Picture]From: lctrc_gtr_dde
2009-09-15 11:57 am (UTC)
Sarath may also be diabetic.

Emran reminds me of Chung Su-Lee from the comedy Mind Your Language.

Dora should have suggested breastfeeding. If it got published it might have sparked of an interesting discussion...
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2009-09-15 09:41 pm (UTC)
I've never seen Mind Your Language! Do you recommend it?

A lot of people reacted to the article as if they were being expected to starve their babies. I don't think the RTA was suggesting that feeding an infant was off limits in any way.

On the first day, according to Gulf News, people stuck in a stalled train shared someones groceries for Iftar. I doubt the attendant on the train tried to stop them.

And on the second day, when Don and I wanted to ride to Deira for falafels, the MoE station was full, and a cop was urging people not to enter. A guy boomed, "I CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG I HAVE AN INFANT!" The cop shrugged and said, "Okay, come."

Nobody wants to hurt your baby, people!
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[User Picture]From: lctrc_gtr_dde
2009-09-16 01:44 am (UTC)
I've never seen Mind Your Language! Do you recommend it?

Hmm.. yes, but keep in mind it was cancelled because one of the chiefs at the production company felt that the racial stereotyping was offensive. Nevertheless it is much loved part of many people's childhoods across the subcontinent, Malaysia/Singapore and elsewhere. The first season and bits of the other two seasons are on youtube. I don't know what it's like for fresh eyes - I am biased by nostalgia. Watching the episodes again recently (downloaded a torrent) it struck me as being somewhat sexist but not particularly racist.

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[User Picture]From: bec_87rb
2009-09-15 01:39 pm (UTC)
Unless Dubai has no rats, mice or bugs, food is a bad idea.

Abdul is wrong about the chewing gum doors, but apparently hundreds of usually sane Washingtonians spit their used gum onto the platform and even carpets of the metro. On what planet is it exusable to spit your disgusting used gum onto a carpet, and would you spitters please go back there. Please also take the guys who don't shower with you; they will feel right at home, I'm sure.

(bec is annoyed.)
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2009-09-15 05:19 pm (UTC)
Huh. I spent 2½ years riding the Metro and never once was gum a problem.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2009-09-15 09:45 pm (UTC)
There are a few rats and bugs, but their numbers are insignificant (says the girl from Texas). But you should see the halls of my apartment building. My neighbors seem civilized, but there are potato chip wrappers, Pepsi cans, candy wrappers, fallen bits of food or spilled milk (heh), and cigarette butts everywhere. And not because the building staff don't clean - they clean constantly.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2009-09-15 09:45 pm (UTC)
p.s. Is that icon from King Weed? How appropriate!
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[User Picture]From: mrputter
2009-09-16 12:19 am (UTC)
> that icon

And on the topic of icons...

I should be unjust to the age were I to omit the mention of a special point of "physical culture" which has long been neglected. You find as you come into man's estate, that hair has a tendency to grow upon your face. It is the mark by which God meant that men and women should be distinguished from each other in the crowd. That hair was placed there in infinite wisdom, but your fathers have been cutting it off from their chins in small crops for thirty to fifty years, thus impugning Nature's policy, wasting precious time, drawing a great deal of good blood, creating a great deal of bad, and trying to erase from their faces the difference which was intended to be maintained between them and those of women. If you are a man and have a beard, wear it. You know it was made to wear. It is enough to make a man with a decent complement of information and a common degree of sensibility (and a handsome beard) deny his kind, to see these smooth-faced men around the streets, and actually showing themselves in female society! Let us have one generation of beards.

-- Timothy Titcomb, Esq. 1858
Titcomb's Letters to Young People
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2009-09-15 06:33 pm (UTC)
> (Hurez is confused about the very purpose of having a Metro.)

i laughed out loud at that :)
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[User Picture]From: doc_cathode
2009-09-19 02:15 am (UTC)
Pan is some kind of chewing tobacco?

I support any initiative to ban eating, drinking and smoking on the metro. I just don't see it working. Here in Philly, nobody smokes on the trains and buses. But everybody eats and drinks. This results in spilled drinks and litter everywhere.

I can't wait to see what bizarre situation finally results here.
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[User Picture]From: dogsofeternity
2009-09-21 11:50 am (UTC)
The food is bound to fall down indeed.
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[User Picture]From: dogsofeternity
2009-09-21 11:52 am (UTC)
I would really prefer it if a "physical pleasure" cabin were added.
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