Monday smile – Omnibus law

These Omnibus regulations are claimed to date from 1863, but they seem to me pretty appropriate for buses and trains still today! 🙂

Omnibus Law

  1. Keep your feet off the seats.
  2. Do not get into a snug corner yourself, and then open the windows to admit a north-wester upon the neck of your neighbour.
  3. Have your money ready when you desire to alight. If your time is not valuable, that of others may be.
  4. Do not impose on the conductor the necessity of finding you change; he is not a banker.
  5. Sit with your limbs straight, and do not let your legs describe an angle of forty-five, thereby occupying the room of two persons.
  6. Do not spit upon the straw. You are not in a hog-sty, but in an omnibus, travelling in a country which boasts of its refinement.
  7. Behave respectfully to females, and put not an unprotected lass to the blush because she cannot escape from your brutality.
  8. If you bring a dog, let him be small and confined by a string.
  9. Do not introduce large parcels; an omnibus is not a van.
  10. Reserve bickerings and disputes for the open field. The sound of your own voice may be music to your own ears – not so, perhaps, to those of your companions.
  11. If you will broach politics or religion, speak with moderation; all have an equal right to their opinions, and all have an equal right not to have them wantonly shocked.
  12. Refrain from affectation and conceited airs. Remember you are riding a distance for sixpence which, if made in a hackney-coach, would cost you as many shillings; and that should your pride elevate you above plebeian accommodations, your purse should enable you to command aristocratic indulgences.
Source: Moore, Henry Charles (1902). Omnibuses and Cabs. London: Chapman & Hall.

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