Friday, March 27, 2009

Bloody seat handle

Standing during the ride home yesterday, I held on to a seat handle bar to maintain my balance. About mid-way through the ride, a seat opened up, and I sat down. I looked on my palm and there was drying blood on there. It seemed like the blood had been wiped on the handle about a few hours ago and is no longer wet but still wet enough to make an imprint on someone grasping hard on the handle bar. It was really sickening to see that on my hand and I literally dumped about half a bottle of travel-size Purell on my palm. I don't think the woman seated next to me was happy to smell the strong scent of rubbing alcohol. It took awhile for me to get rid of the blood print completely.

I wasn't going to call the police or anything since there wasn't blood anywhere else. It is most likely someone who had a bloody nose, didn't have tissues, and needed to wipe it somewhere. Needless to say, it was an unpleasant sight and experience for me. We already assume these handle bars are dirty but to actually see a blood print on your hand takes it to a new level.


Anonymous said...

Could be bad if a young child touches it then gets it in the mouth or a scratch.

HIV can live for quite awile. I would have called the police. It is HazMat. Who knows TB, Hep, etc.

bartmusings said...

Very true. Although I highly doubt the BART police would take that seriously-- they dismissed a previous situation where there was some blood on the carpet, not a lot but definitely more than what was on this seat handle. Maybe they will care now that they are dealing with PR issues.

SongMonk said...

Gross, but business as usual. Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

bartmusings said...

can't say it better than that, songmonk