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Old 11-02-2009, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Swine Flu Causes Brawl On NYC Subway

Swine Flu Causes Brawl On NYC Subway

Lawrence Delevingne|Nov. 2, 2009, 8:53 AM

If you think tensions over swine flu are exaggerated, think again.

We saw a violent altercation between two women this morning on the New York City Subway because of H1N1.

The D train was traveling south from Rockefeller Center (50th Street) to Bryant Park (42nd Street) shortly after 8:00 am. One woman, perhaps 5'7", slightly overweight and with dyed reddish blond hair, was coughing without covering her mouth. Maybe it was swine flu, maybe not.

Another woman, roughly 5'2", stocky, with her blond hair in a slicked-back bun, was nearby, clearly displeased. She made a curt comment to the first woman, something to the effect of "you need to cover your mouth -- I don't want swine flu."

The second woman continued to yell at the cougher, berating her until she reacted, beginning to curse back. It escalated, and the accosting woman yelled "get the conductor!"

No one got the conductor -- it just seemed like a shouting match -- but as the train pulled into 42nd Street, the coughing woman spit on the other, provoking what sounded like a punch from the reaction of the crowd (we didn't directly see it). Then the cougher attempted to exit the train as the doors were open, but the second woman grabbed her by the back of the hair, violently yanking her down to the floor.

The last action happened directly in front of us. The cougher got up, yelling and cursing, but was escorted out of the train by what appeared to be a friend. Your correspondent, who had been sleepily reading about CIT's bankruptcy filing, held the shorter woman back, who kept screaming as the second woman left the train.

Mercifully, the train doors closed, seperating the two women, and continued to 34th Street.

Most passengers shook their heads at the absurdity of the situation.

But more than a few sympathized with the woman who was coughed on. "She wasn't even covering her mouth," said one woman. "That sh-t was going all over the train."

Added a male witness: "I could have decked her too. That swine flu is treacherous."
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:46 PM   #2
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Oh my, I would have been horrified as well by the coughing lady, so rude of her. Instead of decking her or confronting her I'd carry an N95 mask with me at all times if I had to be on public transit and would have put that on right in front of her, hint, hint lady!
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Ahhh...I don't know. I honestly have a mind to punch people sometimes lol...I would have donned the mask and made a comment to her about considering those around her.

I have gotten some ignorant looks in the grocery store for making comments to my DH about people who are coughing all over the place.
DH is mortified, because I say it loud enough for them to hear lol...hence the dirty looks.

And I am not an ignorant person at all! But I find that type of behaviour rude and inconsiderate, and especially if I have my child with me I get irritated.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:04 AM   #4
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I said something the other morning to a woman. I went out at seven in the morning to snag some clearance halloween candy. I figured not many would be out then. There was only me and the sales clerks. Then a woman pushes past me, and her very sick 8 year old coughs right in my face. She brought her sick daughter out, so she could buy candy. I told the woman it was rude to expose me and the clerks just so she could buy candy. She grabbed one bag and left. Some people just have no sense left at all.
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Flu rage being exported from Canada.
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There was an article a few days ago about flu rage.
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