Yesterday, I went to visit a buddy at his apartment on Ratchadapisek Road. Traffic was murderous, and his place is not far from my house so I decided to take the bus. I rarely take the bus but it's air-conditioned, cheap (12 baht), and comfortable. Anyhow, I got lucky and found a seat. I settled in, looked up, and saw two stickers that made me do a double take. They gave me such a laugh I snapped a shot of them with my iPhone (see the above photo).
Now...I've been in countless Thai taxis with "No Durian" or "No Farting" stickers in them but never have I seen "Do not touch" and "No sex doggy style" stickers. Thai culture is supposedly reserved, and yet, in some instances the truth is actually much different. Perhaps things are going on in buses I wasn't aware of.
I can totally understand the no farting stickers. After all, who wants to be cooped up in a taxi with a passenger emitting noxious fumes? How many times a day do passengers drop silent (or not so silent) bombs upon unsuspecting taxi drivers, stinking up the taxi for hours?
But why in Thailand, a place where some Thai men will beat a person for simply speaking inappropriately to a woman, are there stickers in buses informing the public that no touching and no rear entry sex is allowed on the vehicle? Is this a serious problem? Am I that blind?
I was aware India and Japan have a problem with gropers but had no idea Thailand had this dilemma. Any time I've been on a Thai bus they're near capacity or standing room only. Is there really enough room on a bus for someone to bend a woman over and do her from behind without a captive audience?
What about children? My sons are inquisitive by nature and they'll ask questions about anything, sometimes to my horror. I can hear it now, "Daddy, what does that sticker mean?
Why is one person standing behind another, bending them over?"
How am I supposed to answer this? Maybe this is one reason my wife never takes the bus with our sons. Maybe she's seen these stickers too and doesn't know what to say either. Wouldn't surprise me...
After uploading this post, my wife came home from work and I showed her the photo of the stickers. She went on to tell me she actually saw the "No rear entry / doggy style allowed" sticker in a taxi while our two sons were with her. As I would expect, they did indeed ask what the sticker meant. She told me it was an uncomfortable few seconds but she ended up telling them it meant no wrestling or fighting. That's not going to work for much longer!
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