I was on the Megabus on the way to Las Vegas last year and it was a morning-type bus ride; like, leave LA at 6:30 a.m. and arrive at noon.
So naturally, a lot of people are going to bring things like breakfast and coffee. Of course! This is fine.
So we’re all going about our business, which is mostly sleeping. I am about two weeks out from when my ex-husband moved out so I’m 100,000% incapable of sleep and am just like, sitting with my feet up on the seat, listening to music and staring aimlessly at the aisle of the bus.
All of a sudden, I start to smell an aggressive coffee smell. It is a lot. And I’m like … okay, nobody is getting fresh coffee here, we’re all on this bus together; the coffee we had at the beginning of the ride is the coffee we have now. So ... where is it coming from?
And then as I am, you know, staring aimlessly at the aisle of the bus, I see liquid slowly but surely trickling forward from somewhere behind me.
What has happened is, someone has spilled their coffee and decided A) not to say anything about it (rude) and B) not to try to do anything to mitigate the spread of the coffee (also rude).
Maybe they were asleep, I don’t know.
So of course my first move is to pick my purse up off the ground and wipe the coffee off of it. Then I’m looking around trying to assess the extent of the damage and I realize it’s freaking everywhere. It’s one of those things where the spilled coffee has developed a mind of its own and has tendrils going in every direction.
Most people on this bus are asleep.
I am NOT going to take charge here and lead the coffee-cleaning efforts, because this is not my problem. I don’t even drink coffee.
What I do feel the responsibility to do, though, is warn everyone in front of me, whose bags and shoes I can save. But like … that means I have to wake up a bunch of strangers.
Of course I did it; I’m not a bad person. But it was annoying, and extremely awkward. And then the bus smelled like coffee for the rest of the trip.
Just, guys, keep up with your coffee if you’re going to bring it on the bus. Or if you do spill it, assume the proper amount of responsibility for it. Which is to say: go downstairs and get the roll of paper towels at the front of the bus, and clean it up, or at the very least pass out the paper towels to everyone.