WTF: Weirdness on Muni

Inflatable pool and palm on Muni ISO a beach


Looks like *checks weather page* it might actually *checks weather page* not rain today *checks weather page*. Yep. Maybe a sprinkle, but does that really count?

Perhaps that was what this Muni rider was thinking, or wishfully thinking, carrying her inflatable pool and inflatable palm tree to that manufactured beach in … Glen Park?

In any case, fellow rider Anthony reports: “Inflatable palm tree on the OB J- Church? Where the hell is she going to? A pool party? Idk?”

The top Muni rider pet peeves of right now

Photo by David Lytle

We live to complain. If it’s not this one day, it’s that the next. And boy hidee, does Muni give us a lot to bitch about, especially when it comes to our beloved fellow passengers.

We checked in with you guys recently to find out your top OMG UR DOIN IT RONG moments on Muni. Here’s what you had to say (in no specific order):

  • Entitlement. — @anzermo
  • Backpacks. — @dgm415
  • Their reasonably sized items in an adjacent seat instead of on their laps or between their legs on the floor. #petpeeve — @cbcastro
  • Erm, the part where they say/do inane stuff, especially with respect to my guide dog or disability! — @missknoxy
  • Clipping nails. People not moving to the back of bus. Trying to get off the bus when a rush of people are trying to get on. — @the_whitney
  • among them, people playing their overly loud music on the bus WITHOUT headphones. NO. — @mythopoeists
  • Neglecting to give up the front seating, as needed! — @CascosPeterson
  • Talking on the phone, on speaker! Taking your seat when you were obviously there first, and, big backpacks on a crowded muni — @Zurib19
  • uncleanliness in all its myriad forms. The average NYC subway is far cleaner than the average MUNI vehicle. — @catsynth
  • Omfg don’t get me started. By the end of every day there’s a new list. — @feathersflorals
  • When people don’t let you try to get further back so you end up standing backwards at the front. #38geary — @OuterRichmondXX
  • leaning over onto me to see what I’m doing on my phone. Personal space, people. — @KelseHunt
  • the manspread — @abjornsen
  • where do i start?clipping nails?not using headphones? not knowing to step down to exit? talking loudly on the phone? littering? — @eyeveins
  • they don’t understand *public* transportation #notoenailclipping — @henare

These really run the gamut. Add yours here, or follow Muni Diaries on Twitter and sound off there!

Left Behind on Muni: Feminine Hygiene Edition


For the uninitiated, including certain male editors who thought this was a tampon, allow me to clarify for you. Now that that’s out of the way, I think we can all agree this could have gone far, far worse for all involved.

I maintain that it’s not as weird as the discarded tampon applicator found on Muni a couple years ago, about which I went into completely necessary analysis of the why and the how.

It’s just also somehow worse in the rain. A little parting thought for y’all.

h/t Muni rider Karen: “Ma’am, you dropped something…”

Exploratorium asks: Why do people act the way they do on transit?


Oh, Muni, you are one big sociological experiment gone very right or gone very wrong, depending on the day—or hour. Or minute. OK, I just changed my mind again. I’ll calculate an average at the end of the day, how’s that?

The Exploratorium’s new exhibit, The Science of Sharing, encourages us to explore something we think about every day: Why and how do people act the way they do on public transit?

New band name: Needles on the Bus


Man, I wish I could take credit for that band name. Sadly, I cannot take credit for that band name.

Muni rider Revo, on the other hand, can take credit for that band name: “New Band Name: Needles on the Bus. (Inspired by true events) #sfmuni #dirty8″