Emlyn Morgan wrote: Surely not USA?
ivor wrote: Perhaps it reveals a cultural divide as it doesn't seem to be age based. Or maybe it shows that the majority of respondents never travel on public transport and thus have no possible concerns about sitting in a seat on which someone has rested their dirty shoes? To them I'd ask how they'd feel about sitting in their car seat if their son had previously placed his dirty shoes there as illustrated.
I don't know, ivor, as many of the "No Big Deal" respondents are not American. Use of public transport here varies from city to city but it is true we love our cars here in the USA.
I think the issue is that, although rude, it really doesn't rise to the level of being anti-social, it is just a tired boy not thinking about what he is doing. I would imagine if it were a huge problem then the driver/operator would have asked him to put is feet down. Also, his shoes are not that dirty.
As far as the feet in my personal car seat? That is going to vary from family to family but, even at their current ages, I will still get an occasional kid who puts his feet in the seat. If there is dirt behind we just dust it off.
We Americans are notorious for filthy public transports. However here in the Metropolitan Nashville area we have an excellent bus network and a commuter train line and they are all kept very clean. The busses are all typically completely washable - seats and all - so the bus is parked on an incline with the back hatch opened and the thing is hosed down and the water runs out the back. I know because I have watched the process before. An employee then wipes the whole thing down. I don't know how they clean the train but it is always nice too.
Thanks for sharing, ivor. It is nice to get a glimpse into each other's worlds.
Just because here are some pics of our public transport:
This is a land port. It is a combination train station and bus stop. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
A typical Nashville Metro Transit bus[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
One of the commuter trains (Music City STAR)[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Inside one of the commuter trains - see it is clean[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]