“No eating, smoking or littering”
Update: One person I asked to stop eating pointed out a very valid exception to this rule: Managing blood sugar. By all means, if you have a *valid* medical reason to eat something, please do. It’s better for you to spill a few crumbs than to pass out on my bus if you are a diabetic and took too much insulin. The key here is “valid medical reason” – don’t use a marginal or non-existent medical excuse to justify scarfing down a muffin, Ok? (Last I heard, an apple with peanut butter is a better blood sugar regulator than a muffin, although I’m hardly an expert.)
There seems to be some confusion out there about Metro’s code of conduct so let me just clear it up for everybody. From Metro’s code of conduct:
Trust me, no matter how careful you are: crumbs, nuts, shells, grease, chicken bones, ramen noodles, orange Cheeto dust, chocolate, Doritos fragments, half-eaten Thai dinners, granola bar debris, unknown sticky substances or any other imaginable food residue can easily escape your clutches and make it into and onto the seats as well as the floor. It’s a moving vehicle with people shuffling about, after all.
I’ve seen it all and picked it all up. I’ve also heard “I’ll be careful not to spill” countless times, only to go back during my coach check to find some gross surprise waiting for me. So forgive me if I’m a bit militant about reminding folks of the “No eating” rule. I periodically try to “lighten up” and let it slide, as I did this morning. Of course, then I find muffin crumbs, a crumpled up bag, and used napkins on the seat.
For what it’s worth, I get snarky about this stuff because I ride the bus a lot too and would prefer to sit in seats not covered with food residue.
So, could you hold onto your food until you’re off the bus? This bus driver, also a fellow passenger, thanks you.