Exactly. It's not because they smell bad. If they have shit on them, the will leave some on the seats. The affected seats would need to be sanitized.^I am in agreement with pushing the TTC to address this as a hygeine issue. Had a situation recently when a homeless person, clearly unbathed for a long time, entered the car and lay down on the seats. Pulled down his trousers and began scratching his bare legs. The car emptied. I wasn't worried about feces, but more about fleas lice and bedbugs. That's not an unreasonable concern when an individual has clearly been living rough for some time.
This is not a situation that merits pushing the yellow strip (or is it?) but it's certainly beyond something passengers ought to address on their own.
I have a lot of empathy for the homeless, and I don't know what the best solution is, but just looking away and ignoring the person certainly isn't the right answer.
My take here is that while termination is heavy-handed, and some form of intervention was called for; an announcement, shaming a person; one who may well be mentally ill, and is otherwise desperate was not a particularly wise, kind or helpful choice.So the TTC has a bit of a shitty problem on Line 2.
Piecing together the first hand reports on social media, it appears that there is a female passenger that rides Line 2 daily, while carrying a literal bag of shit with her. The stench is so unbearable that all other passengers are forced to evacuate the car. There are some videos on social media of an entire car of passengers running out the train to get away from her; that stench is surely a lot more than some bad B.O.. It appears that she's been doing this daily for the past week or so, judging by the very similar sounding anecdotal reports I've seen consistently pop up on social media all week,
Early yesterday morning, a TTC operator made a P.A. announcement "shaming" the person for stinking (that's the word the news media is using), and the operator has apparently been terminated from the TTC. See CBC article here.
Personally, the operator getting terminated doesn't sit right with me, at all. I have nothing wrong with homeless people using transit, but a line has to be drawn somewhere. You absolutely cannot be riding public transit with a literal bag of shit on you. That's not just offensive to passenger comfort anymore, but rather a genuine health and safety concern. Hopefully the union can help this guy out
I agree - termination should be reserved for the head in the arse managers of the system. Whoever hand wave this away is obviously open to having their home or workplace or whatnot host these rather pungent individuals.My take here is that while termination is heavy-handed, and some form of intervention was called for; an announcement, shaming a person; one who may well be mentally ill, is otherwise desperate was not a particularly wise, kind or helpful choice.
I advocated before, I do so again, that the TTC needs to have an intervention team, a social worker and a mental health professional who can response in such situations.
The focus should ideally be on 'offering assistance' and voluntary cooperation, with some level of 'compelled' eviction as a last resort.
There is no doubt the current situation isn't acceptable. But the means to address it is through compassion; not derision.
Nevermind those details - will they round the edges?Dare I ask..........will the tile match? Will the wall-mount light fixtures match? (fingers crossed)