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Who Would You Add to the 'BART Idiot Hall of Fame?'

A Facebook group dedicated to "publicly outing" the rudest BART riders has more than 1,800 members. Share your commuter experiences of rule breaking and impoliteness here.

It's amazing what can happen on a typical BART journey. One minute, you're gazing out the window pondering life — and the next, someone is cussing at the top of their lungs, sneezing in your face and refusing to turnover their seat to a senior.

But now, thanks to social media and the prevalence of smartphone cameras, there is nowhere to hide for the worst BARTiquette rule breakers. The "BART Idiot Hall of Fame" is a Facebook group dedicated to "outing" the most impolite and downright strange BART riders, providing a place for venting, sharing pictures and relaying stories. The group has more than 1,800 members so far.

There are plenty of complaints about seat hoggers, door rushers and bicyclists, as well as a few tales of the weird and wonderful world of a BART ride. Some recent highlights include:

  • A picture of a man relaxing in a hammock that he had hung from the railing
  • A picture of a couple of intoxicated men praying to the BART Gods, post-vomit
  • A picture of a man watching pornography on his video-enabled device during the morning commute

Who would you add to the "BART Idiot Hall of Fame"? Share your stories in the comments below, or add a picture by clicking "upload photos and videos."

1776peace August 12, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Why Not A Good Samaritan Hall of Fame? Why nurture a culture of negativity? - we have a great deal to be grateful for.
1776peace August 12, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Idiot? Definition of Idiot: one hopelessly deficient, esp. from birth, in the ordinary mental powers. Don't you think compassion is in order not harsh judgement? But for the grace of god/goddess it can be you someday! Lend a hand, open you heart. How low does Berkeley Patch have to go with these unmindful - juvenile in nature tropes?
Chris Kapsalis August 12, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Maybe there is a Patch idiot hall of fame fb page to talk about this?
Jeffrey Boore August 13, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I think that there is merit to CJ's view that lack of homogeneity in society is at the root of many of these kinds of problems. But it is not the inherent shortcomings of immigrants that are the problem so much as the xenophobia of more long-term residents. That contempt and prejudice pushes more recent immigrants to the margins of society where social and economic opportunities are lacking, and they tend to respond as any of us would under those circumstances by certain anti-social behaviors. Many people simply cannot identify with the plight of people who look or talk or act differently from what they are used to and cannot bring themselves to care about their challenges. It is that neglect that creates so many of our social problems.
1776peace August 13, 2012 at 05:41 PM
We are all immigrants to this land! and we took most of it by force!

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