Something smells on Seoul’s subways

I generally have nothing but the greatest praise for Seoul’s subway system.  It is extensive, cheap and, until quite recently, sane when compared to many other countries’ subways – but what the hell is happening this year?

Once again we have another incident – this one not involving beer or cigarettes but human excretement.

Koreabang did a piece a couple of days ago about this poo-poo girl who allegedly (a picture is worth a 1,000 words – and it is there) defecated in the middle of a subway car on the Pundang line – seems everything happens on that line.  Koreabang  translated some of the Korean comments circulating on the net – one of my favorites was:

Damn, it is like a competition of crazy bitches on each line of the subway. What are you guys doing on the subway!? Is this the mainland [referring to China] or the Korean Peninsula?!

Apparently the woman was mentally challenged – you would have to be to defecate in a subway car in front of people, wouldn’t you?

Korea Times also has a piece on the subject but its angle is more along the line of chastising the bloggers.

  • CactusMcHarris

    I thought she was giving a graphic yet earthy statement on what Koreans thought to Japanese claims on Takeshima.

  • qklilx

    One afternoon I had a bit of nose stuff to clean up so I went to the restroom in 신촌역. As I walked into the doorway leading to the stalls so I could get some toilet paper, I was met with a healthy pile of man-turd in the middle of the floor. I decided my nose could wait and backed away.

  • Q

    She might be the same New Yorker who aromatized NYC subway last year: Scent of Human Feces Haunts Herald Square Subway. If it goes serious, Seoul Metro might consider benchmarking Google Maps NYC subway station smells.

  • Year of the Dragon

    I am more surprised that there are still several people sitting in that carriage.

    There are two people sitting almost in front of the excrement…

    Hello?? There are other carriages to move to.

  • Q

    NYC subway is an exciting place where rat in subway car crawl over sleeping man’s face. Animal righters might say that rodents have right to coexist with human beings in urban life.

  • jkitchstk

    Wasn’t there a wealthy Korean male who poo poo’d in the middle of a jjimjilbang a few months ago?

  • aaronm

    What? The mentally ill are using public facilities? Aigoo! Seriously, nothing to see here folks, move along.

  • Mryouknowwho

    When I was in high school, there was a person who pooped in the locker area, in the corner of a hallway, and in the middle of the restroom but was never caught. We dubbed him ‘the phantom shitter’.

  • bulgasari

    I taught an elementary school student years ago who told me that at his school someone was shitting in urinals. He said it took months but someone finally walked in on the kid doing it (forget how old he was). That must have been an interesting phone call home.

  • bumfromkorea

    You never know… she might actually had a good but unknown reason to do something like that.

  • hardyandtiny

    Is she a Christian?

  • Yu Bum Suk

    There was a phantom shitter when I was at Simon Fraser University, too. He / She was shitting in open areas of both men’s and women’s toilets, as well as various other parts of campus, usually at night. School authorities didn’t know whether it would be better or worse to publicise it but after it happened about 30 times they finally did.

  • Jashin Densetsu

    the best is the upper decker

    try it next time you’re at a party.

  • setnaffa

    No surprise at who seems to know the most about this topic.

  • cm

    I seriously think people are doing this to get themselves on newspapers and on Youtubes. There are so many attention hoggers.

  • slim

    “No surprise at who seems to know the most about this topic.”

    And yet that’s a relatively valuable contribution — ‘news you can use’ — compared to his usual stuff.

  • Railwaycharm

    I think it is social commentary. I mean, who doesn’t feel the urge to leave a steaming pile to tell the world, you are shit! Mind the gap, don’t step in the pile of obama………

  • jk6411

    This thread smells.

  • R. Elgin

    You know, this is not the only improper thing to happen on the Bundang line. I am riding the subway again, after avoiding it for several years, due to all the construction work that involved ripping out asbestos. During my riding on the Bundang line, I have had people who where illegally posting advertising throughout the entire train push or kick me because I was sitting in the way of their posting efforts or walking through the train. I mentioned this to the subway people at one station since I thought they should be aware of this too.

  • setnaffa

    You should have filmed them and posted on youtube…

  • Q

    Human excresence in the world could have been utilized better if it’d be collected and entrusted to the most modernized Asians: Poop Powered Bike To Tour Japan.

  • Q

    I mean ‘excrescence’.

  • hamel

    You mean human excretals, Q.

  • Arghaeri

    Hamel, I think you mean “excreta” and Q was probably meaning “excrement” :-)

  • Arghaeri

    We wouldn’t havethis prablem if we stuck to the normal MH standard of talking shit :-)

  • jefferyhodges

    Considering the subject of this thread, these rhyming lines I once read as a kid come to mind:

    He who writes on sh*thouse walls
    Roll his sh*t in little balls.
    He who reads those words of wit
    Eats those little balls of sh*t!

    I’ve always sort of liked this doggerel — it’s not bad, for the sort of person who would write such crap.

    But even more appropriate would be the lines of that country song:

    “There’s a long black train, comin’ down the line . . .”

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • YangachiBastardo

    I was wondering how many comments this post was goin’ to attract: i expected the total tally to be in the 200+ range…somehow i feel a bit relieved

  • hamel

    YB: though probably not as relieved as the woman on the subway did, after getting a load off her addled mind.

    Arghaeri: I knew exactly what I was doing. Google “The pope’s decretals”.

  • Arghaeri

    Hamel, why what do the popes letters on papal decisions on canon law have to do with it :-)

  • hamel

    Little. But Luther made a little rhyme about them once, and their English translation uses “excretals”.

  • Arghaeri

    Interesting, looks like the Korean Protestants have a similar disdain for papists as Luther given the typical question in korea about religious beliefs, “are you a Christain or a Catholic” :-)

  • Q

    I would appreciate you, hamel, for the edification. I would assume shart and shite could be added to the hoard of words.

  • Mryouknowwho

    Something literally smells on the subways these days. I’ve walked into numerous subway cars to be confronted with some seriously foul odor. Once, a Korean woman who boarded with me said out loud ‘it stinks in here’. I wish an odor eater system could be installed.

    I’m curious if anyone else has had this experience. Also, having had little subway experience outside of SK and Japan, I don’t know what other countries’ subways smell like. I hear some of New York’s stations smell like an outhouse.

  • Q

    Lady with trimethylaminuria (TMAU) body odor on UK daily morning TV lifestyle show: