No Kissing, Please ... there are people trying to catch a train!

No Kissing - Is this bureaucracy gone mad?
@owlwings (42006)
Cambridge, England
February 16, 2009 12:17pm CST
It seems that if you want to say goodbye to a loved one at Warrington Bank Quay railway station, you have to go to a 'designated kissing area'. The station authorities have bowed to local pressure and posted 'No Kissing' signs, claiming that long, loving goodbyes can cause people to miss their trains. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20090216/tuk-rail-couples-told-no-kissing-at-stat-45dbed5.html Do you think this is bureaucracy gone mad, do you think it's a really sensible idea ... or do you fall about laughing? (Maybe they should have 'No ROTFL' signs as well)?
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@nannacroc (4049)
16 Feb 09
I'm not at all surprised, at the rate we're going in this country you'll only be able to use the loo if it's decreed the right time by some 'jobsworth'. This is getting completely ridiculous now. It's a good job the majority here are apathetic or there would be riots over the stupd bureaucracy we endure.
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@dorypanda (1597)
16 Feb 09
apathy ru
@littleowl (7157)
15 Mar 09
that does have me laughing! I can understand why they are doing it but truly what next are they going to do it is really getting stupid...litteowl
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@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
17 Feb 09
I seen that on the news tonight and laughed so hard, but in a bad way . It is for reasons like this, I don't watch the news. The more I watch it the more i believe the world has gone mad. Kissing a loved one goodbye is a right of everyone. Imagine on that day and not kissing them because of some silly sign, and then have something happen to them. How would you live with yourself. This is a step too far on our civil liberties and I think that sign needs some vandalism, which I am sure it will. Next we will have a sign saying "No breathing" I would call out to people not to accept this and put a stop to it right now. Sorry if I sound so angry, but that is one of the reasons I try not to watch the news.
@owlwings (42006)
• Cambridge, England
17 Feb 09
I try not to watch the News (and mostly succeed). I found this on Yahoo, though, LOL.
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@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
17 Feb 09
That is true sometimes there is no way to escape from cathcing the news in this day and age.
@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
25 May 09
Yes that is not a pretty thought not to kiss someone and not see them again. I think you have found the perfect place to shove that sign I am a self confessed telly shouter too, it drives everyone mad
@bamakelly (5193)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I have to say that I am pretty amazed at learning of this type of law. I think it is a little outlandish if you want my opinion. If people are gong to kiss and hug for long periods of time then that is their own business. If they miss a train or not then that is their own fault. It is not really up to any authority to try to enforce some kind of law prohibiting public signs and gestures of affection. That is just crossing the line into people's rights.
@owlwings (42006)
• Cambridge, England
17 Feb 09
The signs are certainly something that most British people wouldn't take seriously. I am sure that what got up some people's noses was couples blocking the way into the station, so they decided to do SOMETHING! It's really an indication of how screwed up some people can be that they can't just remind people politely that they are in the way ... they have to put up a sign (which most lovers won't see, anyway).
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
17 Feb 09
The way I read the story is that kissing couples were blocking the way for other patrons who were trying to catch their trains. They were redirected to a "kissing area" which I assume is off to the side and not blocking other patrons. You and the article seem to make it out that the authorities are against kissing, but as I see it they just wanted to move them out of the way. This kind of behavior is one of my pet peeves. Some people meet in a grocery store and the seem to want to have their "family reunion" right in the way that everyone walks and everyone has to walk or squeeze around them.
@owlwings (42006)
• Cambridge, England
17 Feb 09
I read the article in the same way as you, though I chose to present it in as controversial a way as it seemed to have been written (it makes for more responses, hehe). I agree with you that there is an appropriate place for everything and that blocking the passage of other people by being oblivious to anything but intimate contact with one's 'special friend' is being somewhat uncaring in general. I have (very occasionally) been moved to initiate a three way hug with total strangers who behave like this and ignore others, though I have never actually done it ... it could be quite fun to try!
• Philippines
11 Apr 09
I have read this strange law the other day and I found it insane. I think I can't live in such a place like that. I am an affectionate person and so is my bf, so I do not support that. I am glad that I live in a free and democratic country.
@dawnald (84069)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Mar 09
Falling about laughing....
@elitess (5071)
• Ipswich, England
19 Mar 09
Hi there owl wings. I think that such a rule is crappy and it is ridiculous in nature. If people were really afraid that they would loose the train, they would get to the train station earlier and i doubt that 1-2 couples kissing in a train station would prevent anyone from getting on board a train full of doors.
@bellis716 (4804)
• United States
18 Feb 09
Makes sense to me, as it seems many people have no common sense.
• Canada
16 Feb 09
This is a bit excessive, to say the least. I mean, I can't imagine that this is really all that intrusive of a problem. It isn't like there is a barricade of kissing couples blocking the entrances to the train. What is so wrong with an affectionate good-bye? Well, maybe some people become distracted and forget to get on the train but this doesn't justify a kissing ban on the platforms. I would be more concerned with weapons and violence myself. Yet another fine example of a law maker with way too much time on their hands.
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 09
I heard about this and it really is laughable! This is definitely a strong case of political correctness gone mad! Kissing is natural, I mean are we talking tongues here? If so then maybe this is what they are referring to!! I really don't understand it and I'm not sure how to comment further on this taboo subject. Andrew
• United States
16 Feb 09
I think if a person kisses and misses a train, then that is their choice. It is what they decided to do with their time. There will be other trains. Maybe the kiss means way more than being on that train. I think it is kinda silly, that people spend time thinking up these "rules" to impose on others. Do you suppose that they need a good kiss?
@TLChimes (4838)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Governments really are silly, controlling, little creatures aren't they? I wonder if they will next make a sign for where it's ok to flatulate. Is there nothing more pressing to deal with then this? Of course in my neck of the woods, they use stupid rules like that to earn cash from people. So what's next?
@dorypanda (1597)
16 Feb 09
I think it's a very good idea, I'm quite a romantic at heart, but I do get annoyed at seeing people with tongues down each others throats. I have noticed people almost miss trains because they're too busy kissing to notice what the time is, so I suppose it's better for them if they have to go to a designated area for kissing. I do think it's quite funny as well though. :)
@maximax8 (30126)
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 09
That is so silly. I sometimes hear something as mad and think the British authorities have gone crazy. I just can't imagine a designated 'kissing goodbye area'. I appreciate that trains want to leave on time. Once the station master or employee blows his whistle the guard closes the train doors and off the train goes.