Aug 14, 2013

Crazy people who punch doors on trains

This post is to mean no offence to people who have mental illnesses.

Crazy is a word used to describe people who are not sane, however some people agree it is used wrong. Yes. It is. However, without using this word, you wouldn't be able to simply understand what I am talking about without a big explanation.


Anyways.

Everyone has had this experience (and if you didn't please let me move to the country/city you live in)

You are on a train (usually this happens on a train/bus) and suddenly someone starts talking to themselves, or screaming at the door. Theres nothing you can do but just sit there and mind your own business. After all we are all human, and not every human is....all there in the brain.

Nothing is wrong with these people, but it can be scary for those riding on the train.

This story is inspired by events that happened today.

I was riding random popular train line here in Tokyo. A man walks on the train and stands by the door. I am sitting down. The man starts making noises which I can only describe as ...haunting ghost grudge sounds? at the door. Which I thought was kind of strange, but I thought at first he was listening to music and singing some heavy metal song quietly.

But my thoughts were wrong, his voices got louder and I realised he was not listening to music that he was just...different from other people.

No hate. No issue. A little strange, but its all good. Continuing my ride sitting down and enjoy watching the train pass stations and thinking about all kinds of things.

Then.
BAM!!
He punched the door.

This is the moment where my calm self turned into FKING SCARED! heart beating fast, palms began to sweat.  Occasionally a crazy person freaks out in public, I am sure I am not alone, I am not the only one who gets scared. I hate when this happens. It is so scary.

BAM!
He kicks the door. And then punches it again.

At this point in time I was so scared I thought he was going to kill me. I was so scared he was going to punch me. He was very tall and large he could have broke me in half.

BAM. BAM. BAM.  He beats the door and kicks it. He walks in circles and does the same thing again. People looked, but nobody moved. One person standing near him walked away. The guy who was kicking the door looked at the guy who walked away like he was going to kill him. And actually started to walk in his direction but then I guess gave up and turned back and punched the door again.

I have no idea what this persons story is. But all I know is I was scared and I hate when this happens.


The train stopped and I got up and walked all the way to the other end of the trains doors as fast as I can to get off and as soon as I got off quickly took off hoping he didn't pick me to punch instead of that door.

I wonder what the likeliness of a person who is punching the door, to actually come after a random person who is sitting down on the train?

33 comments:

  1. That sounds absolutely petrifying! I'm so glad you didn't get hurt! Is there a system in Japanese train where you can report an emergency like that to the train driver? The man was obviously a danger to himself and others!

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  2. The way you have written this is... awful. "a crazy person", "not normal", "not all there in the brain". What the hell? It sounds like a 12 year old wrote it. Be a bit more respectful. How do you know he was a "crazy" person? How do you not know he's having a bad day and is just taking it out in public? I agree, it's wrong, and it is scary when it happens, but that does not mean they are "crazy".

    I enjoy reading your blog posts and will continue to do so, but I am sorry, but the way you referred to this poor fellow is just appalling.

    However, I can see why it would have been a scary experience. Happens everywhere, I guess. Can't help it.

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    1. Very well, To put it in words that not everyone understands, The man was Manic. I have no intent on belittling the person. I have no issue with people who have mental issues, but the reality is, it can be very scary for those who are around.

      When humans are manic, you have no idea what they could do. I have witnessed first hand 2 experiences of people I knew who had a manic episode, it is very traumatic to watch.

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    2. oh shut up you are just making an argument for the sake of arguing, nobody acts that way in public, they clearly had mental health issues.

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    3. yes some people do act like that in public, and it is fucking terrifying. i live in canada and i have had something like this happen to me. it's fucking scary and she has every right to be scared.

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    4. ""clearly had mental health issues."" ??

      Do you not know what "manic" means?
      Talk about barking back without knowing what you are talking about....

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    5. I live in San Diego. We are a big military city in a state that does not spend much at all in managing those with mental illness. Therefore, every so often, I run into somebody with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). It's sad, and dangerous. Everything is fine, and one moment out of the blue, he asks you where Broadway and 6th is, and you answer and then he just blows up.

      Folks with mental illness need to be taken care of, for their sake and the sake of the rest of us.

      Good post.

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    6. I accept your explanation of this person . You were respectful and gave us a pretty good idea of what was going on. Besides , you're in Japan. I'll bet you could find a dojo that would teach you some self-defense moves , like maybe a 'flying nut crunch ' or ball-busting drop kick , to make you feel more at ease in such situations.If he fights the door , or other inanimated object , he's fine , but if he ( or others) attack you , you could mess up his chances of being a dad ! LOL

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    7. Most people don't punch doors on trains. Even if they had a bad day.

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    8. As a bipolar person I KNOW what manic is and don't appreciate your ignorant use of the word. Please kindly think more carefully of what you say/write.

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  3. I don't care what words you used to tell the story; it's your story to tell and everyone describes things differently. I have been in similar scenarios and it's extremely frightening, and I agree; even traumatic in some cases. I probably would have started crying on that train because I don't do well around manic people during an episode. I'm so sorry you had to experience that but I'm glad that you're okay.

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  4. That would be so scary! (ノдヽ)
    But its good that you didn't get hurt!

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  5. wow that is scary i would be freaking out

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  6. Yeah im french and i live in Paris, in the french subway their is a lot of weird people too espically at night, I knew this kind of situation before, Im sorry it happened to you and glad that you are fine :)

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  7. Never happened to me here in Southern Germany (rather rural area), and I drove round the world more then two times in trains and buses during the last six years.

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  8. I never experience something like that. I just lived 1 year in Cologne, Germany, but I just experienced "friendly" maniacs.. Maybe I just had luck..

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  9. A similar thing happened to me when I was travelling on the Metro in the UK. Except this guy was also running down the train punching into the air when several people were also standing up, just narrowly missing them. I was with the Anglo-Japanese society of our university at the time, and safe to say we got off a stop earlier than remain on the train. It is a terrifying experience, but you can't help but feel sorry for them as well seen as it isn't their own fault.

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  10. Yeah, it's not nice when things like this happen.

    For your own sake, I'd recommend getting self-defense classes.

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  11. Did anyone actually come to think about getting professional help to this person who was obviously in danger to do harm for himself or others?

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    1. Of course not. Modern society is plagued with the "Not my problem" or "someone else will do it" attitude.

      The bystander phenomenon in action!

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  12. Never happened to me before! I live in Ireland!

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  13. I hope I do not offend you with this comment but are you dyslexic? I actually have dyslexia myself and I'm just wondering do you?

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    1. Hey. No. I don't have that. The only thing wrong with me is I am "impatient" lol

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    2. Kk thanks! :) Can't wait for more videos!! ^_^

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  14. I haven't had that happen to me, but that's because I have never used public transportation (besides school busses). Yes, that's right, I've never used it, because I live in the middle of nowhere and there isn't the option.
    anyway, whether the man was mentally ill or not, it could still be scary.

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  15. That sounds absolutely petrifying. I've been attacked by a woman very similar on a bus back here in Australia, so I know full well how terrifying it can be: being attacked or just witnessing it. I'm surprised the man who was near the main person you speak of even walked away! I always have the fear that if I move even slightly they'll see me and think I'm being rude or otherwise towards them... but I guess not moving got me attacked (they must smell my fear), so either way the situation isn't the best place to be in. I'm so glad you and the other people are okay!
    And dude, you weren't even disrespectful in any sense so don't worry about those people getting uppity at you; it's your blog and blogs are for expressing whatever the Hell you want. You go girl.

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  16. I see lots of people saying the guy must have been scary and what not.

    but trust me, doors can be even scarier, to the point giving them a good beating can't do bad.
    they open.
    they close.
    without a single word of explanation - just this alienating "beeeeeep" coming from nowhere. sometimes they pinch your fingers of feet, and when you want them open, the bitches are always closed, liked when coming back from the stores with heavy bags.
    those pernicious flat boards LIVES to hurt and haunt us, believe me.

    BE AWARE OF DOORS.
    DONT BE AFRAID TO GIVE THEM THE PUNCH THEY DESERVE.

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  17. I was once punched REALLY HARD in the stomach by some random woman while I was walking down the street in Boston... So I can totally relate.

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  19. He must have some issue with someone, because you cannot just speak your mind here right? They then take their frustration out on inanimate things and pretend it is like the person they are angry at. Maybe it is his boss or manager. Who knows. I wouldn't call him crazy, I would call him insanely stressed. Interesting story.

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  20. I understand, this actually happened a few months ago in the TTC between York Mills and Lawrence and when we finally got to Eglinton, someone from the station came in with a couple of guards and asked the guy to get off the train. I don't know what happened next after we left that station, but all I saw was they were talking to the guy.

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  22. This can happen in romania, in the public transportation. But.. it's not really the "clinically/ mentally crazy" people... but sane young people who are being jerks ... there are people like that who like to get on the bus/ tram and act as if they own the place: being loud, jumping, picking on passengers.. you name it.
    I live on the 5th floor at a cross roads and i have 2 bus lines passing by under my window. i saw the above described situation in one of the buses, simply because i heard the noise -i had the window open, listening to music, and i heard loud and weird noise coming from downstairs. I thought people got into a fight. nope, these losers were acting like moneys in the bus, making the bus shake sideways.... that was the recipe for disaster. i was thankful for not being on that bus...

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