No Smoking

What is it with people who think No Smoking signs are only suggestions, that can be ignored under exceptional circumstances, like when you’ve gone a whole hour without a fag and you’re really, really gasping for one?

I’m writing this on a rail replacement bus service between Nottingham and Manchester, and there’s one such person on the bus with me. We just pulled into Sheffield station, and she decided that an hour without nicotine was just too much for her body to withstand, and asked if anyone minded if she lit up. I said that yes, I did, seeing as this was a non-smoking bus, and there was a perfectly servicable outside she could go and smoke in without making the bus smell like an ashtray.

Well, that was a mistake. Apparently, requesting that someone not smoke in a non-smoking environment is a really, really selfish thing to do, especially when it means the smoker has to walk a whole five metres outside to go and light up. She opined that perhaps she should have just lit up anyway, to which I suggested that I’d have probably pointed out that it was a no smoking bus and asked her to go outside. This made me the most selfish man in the world, it seems, because such were the debilitating effects of her nicotine addiction that after simply one hour without a cigarette, she was actually unable to summon sufficient motive power to leave her seat and get off the bus for 5 minutes.

I’m pissed off now.

4 Responses to “No Smoking”

  1. Lori says:

    You’re so brave. I just silently seethe in situations like that.

  2. Chris says:

    I just figure that I’m not losing anything by speaking up, as I’m incredibly unlikely to ever meet that person again, and even less likely that it would be beneficial to me if they didn’t dislike me. Arrogance like that displayed by this particular pikey really winds me up.

  3. Jez says:

    Those people wind me up something chronic! I get so pissed off – well done, and by the way I hope you gave her a good slapping! (joke 😉

  4. jane says:

    I don’t often confront but I am trying to perfect a withering stare, which is coming along quite nicely.