A 22 year old man has died after the need to urinate somehow forced him to jump from a moving bus.
The passenger, Chen Jie, had asked the bus driver to pull over however the driver refused as this was not possible at the time. In his defense, the driver said “I asked him to wait because it’s not safe to park on the freeway. I told him that there was a restroom at Shiqiao service zone, which would take about 10 minutes to reach.”
This apparently wasn’t soon enough for Jie, who angrily hit the driver with a plastic bottle (which he didn’t use for some reason) and subsequently returned to his seat. Moments later he jumped out of the window without hesitation, as none of the other passengers were able to stop him.
As almost all Chinese buses are not yet outfitted with a toilet on board, the dilemma of having to urinate while taking public transport is a frequent problem among bus patrons. Some have taken bold liberties to relieve themselves which often leads to an uproar over public indecency, mostly due to the conspicuous nature of where they urinate. Four Danish tourists recently made headlines when a photograph of them peeing on the side of a busy Shanghai highway surfaced on Weibo. Netizens spoke unkindly of the Danes, as their excuse of consuming too many beers did not reflect well on their behavior. Similar scorn was directed at a Chinese man who was caught peeing out of a bus window in Xiamen.
The question however does remain; what is one to do when nature calls while you are the midst of your journey on public transportation? There are several options and many of them are unpleasant, however above all, it would be best to make sure you make use of the facilities before boarding the bus to prevent the situation from happening.
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