12/10/2013 08:48 am ET

The Worst Things You Monsters Are Eating On Public Transportation

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We all have to experience the distinctly strange pleasure of riding public transportation at one time or another. For some of us in big cities, we rely on public transit every single day, usually twice. Whether it's a train, a bus or a plane, there are times when you have no choice but to be in very close proximity to a lot of strangers. It's a weird situation any way you slice it, but it gets a lot weirder when someone is eating something that everyone else can/has to smell.

Eating on public transportation is a hotly contested issue. Whether you're concerned about the spread of illnesses and bacteria (touching the subway pole and then eating something and then touching the pole again, BARF), the issue of politeness (no one wants to smell or hear you eating on their way to work) or simply the issue of cleanliness (what percentage of litter is comprised of Egg McMuffin wrappers??), chowing down on something in close proximity to others just doesn't seem like a good idea to us. Worse still, it's not usually something as innocuous as an apple or a granola bar. Some of you monsters are bringing your own pancakes and maple syrup.

We asked our readers and friends a single question: What's the worst thing you've ever seen someone eating on public transportation? Buckle up, it gets really weird.

  • 1 Before we get started, here's the best thing you can eat on public transportation.
    That's right, nothing. If you can help it at all, just don't. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, but you should try really hard not to do this, for your own health and the sanity of those around you.
  • 2 And now, here are some of the worst...
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  • 11 And a few more we'd like to add: Hot Dogs
    Look how mad everyone is at this guy.
  • 12 Bacon, Egg And Cheese On A Roll
    That's right, one of New York's most wonderful luxuries is also one of the worst things to smell someone else eating on the subway.
  • 13 Halal Cart Chicken And Lamb On Rice
  • 14 Fried Chicken (Or Anything, Really)
    Somehow, it has the power to get into everyone else's clothes.
  • 15 Tuna Sandwiches
    Right? Ugh.

What's the worst thing you've ever seen/smelled someone eating on public transit? Let us know in the comments!

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