Bus Passenger Arrested When His Smelly Socks Unleash Chaos


SourceIndian police arrested a man whose stinky socks caused a showdown on a bus as his fellow passengers protested the pungent odour, an officer said Saturday.

The man removed his shoes and socks on a bus going from the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh to New Delhi and put them near the aisle, police said.

Other passengers protested and asked the man to put away the offending socks or throw them out.

The man refused, sparking a heated confrontation that forced the bus driver to stop at a police station in Una district of Himachal Pradesh.

Una police chief Sanjeev Gandhi told AFP the bus stopped several times because of the smelly chaos before they came to the police station.

“He was arrested on charges of causing public nuisance and later released on bail,” Gandhi said.

As much as it pains me to say it, it’s stories like this that make me less proud to be an American. But this would never take place here. Not any more. We’re too timid in the States now. So cowed by the tyranny of the one that we’ll tolerate any kind of abuse from our fellow travelers. But it’s the good folks over in the world’s most populous democracy are still willing to defend civilization.

Like bus travel isn’t already the worst possible form of transportation. Public buses are basically a prison yard culture on wheels. The powerful ruling over the weak through fear, threats and intimidation. I literally have not been on a bus since the time the MBTA was working on the rail lines and forced us to take one of their rolling, demon-filled, fume-spewing despair boxes about 20 years ago. It was the only way back to my car. And the death of hope for me. So I vowed, never again. I can only assume that if someone took off his stanky, vomit-inducing socks and started making all those poor wretches sick, they would’ve just put up with it. Because suffering is the bus passenger’s lot in life. It’s not a lot, but it’s their life.

So I applaud those brave souls from the Himachal Pradesh for standing up for themselves. For speaking out with one voice to say they will not go quietly into the night. They will not vanish without a fight. That they are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore. And to the brave men and women at Una’s Finest, for bringing those people justice. Now if we can just follow their example and start enforcing this kind of thing on my mode of transportation like Amtrak and planes, the world will be much better off.