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I was at a bus stop the other week when a man came and stood at the stop and proceeded to spit every 20 seconds or so. The man was probably stood there for about 10 minutes and therefore splodges of spit were surrounding him on the path within the bus stop.
I literally felt sick and I was so relieved when the man's bus finally came. When he left the path had a scattering of splodges of spittle and it was absolutely disgusting! I cannot begin to understand this vile habit. This is a bus stop where people stand and on occasion put bags down on the path while waiting for the bus. These days when I am waiting at the bus stop I tend to either rest my bags on my feet or just hold on to them rather than put them down.
Spitting looks and sounds vile, then there's the germs
Spitting looks and sounds vile, then then there's the germs such as cold or flu viruses that this man may have that are being carried on the bottom of people's feet into their homes; I mean there was so much spit on the pavement it would have been very hard to avoid picking some of it up.
This particular bus stop is also on a route where children walk by or use the buses themselves. No doubt any spit would end up on their shoes or bags and they would be oblivious to this. Sometimes people make that awful sound before they spit, which is just as bad as the act of spitting itself. I suspect that with some people it may be a kind of status thing when in group, while with others it is merely a disgusting habit that they have picked up.