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Firstly, I enjoy my morning solitude, and secondly, I find it infantilising that we have to be forced to speak to one another, like the whole of London is a fresher’s night out where everyone wears a name tag to make friends “for life”.
Now, let’s be clear here: it is great to speak to people on public transport.
The “Tube Chat” pins are to be worn if you are interested in talking during your commute.
The pins have received a mixed response so far with some taking to social media to describe the idea as a “monstrosity”. Say no to tube-chat." Miss-N-B added: "I'd rather go on replacement rail than 'chat' on the tube." But the response was not all negative, as Amy Shaw wrote: "The fact that we are in a society where people have to wear badges so that other people can talk to them is so sad." Jonathan Dunne, a 42-year-old from Colorado, came up with the idea and handed out 500 of the badges at Old Street station.
A spokesperson from Tf L said they were trying to get in touch with the organiser, as it did not allow it’s branding to be used without permission.
If I said no, I’d have to explain why, and that meant I’d have to start at the very beginning. The 42-year-old is originally from a small town in Colorado, but has been working in London for several years, according to .
By the time I’d finished my story, this stranger and I might have built a lasting human connection and, ew, who needs that? I cried in peace as fellow commuters looked on, unmoved. Recently, Dunne created little badges with the question,“Tube Chat?
I do not need to be forced to speak to other people - I do it of my own accord, and more importantly, when I want to.” written on them (similar to badges the city gives out to pregnant and disabled riders). Only drunks, lunatics and Americans talk on the Tube.Along with these, Dunne passed out fliers that spelled out exactly what the buttons were for: inviting conversations between riders. Resentful silence is the proper way #tube_chat pic.twitter.com/Ndu Knty3AK — Boris Starling (@vodkaboris) September 29, 2016 What went wrong?Glittery Allsorts wrote on Twitter: "What is this monstrosity?! “I thought it would be fun to hand badges out to get a smile or a conversation," he told the Press Association.The former NHS worker, who now lives in North London, revealed it made some people smile. Some people thought it was a stupid idea but some people smiled. Transport for London (Tf L) said they were not responsible for the campaign and were worried the badges might be confused be confused for the “Baby on Board” badges.