I read a lot on the old forum(s) but never posted. Now I have a question about something that happened last night and, since this has actually happened before, I'd like to know how to react if it should happen again.
I was commuting home from work last night, late, so the subway was not at all crowded, and a woman sitting near me took out her nail clippers and started using them as we were riding along. Now my personal opinion is "That's soooo disgusting" and I think that nail clippers should only be used in the privacy of your home and really only in the bathroom. But that's me - other people may feel differently.
I really wanted to say something to this woman, such as "would you mind doing that later - it is very unhygenic to do that in a public place and I'd appreciate if you would wait until you were off the subway". But I'm chicken when it comes to saying things to strangers.
I've seen nail clippers being used on the subway before, and I've seen them being used in an office situation, which I also think is gross. So I know I will encounter it again.
So, do I have a personal phobia that I need to get over? What is nail clipper etiquette? What is the etiquette (if any) when it comes to asking a stranger to not do something that is not necesarrily illegal, but that one finds gross or offensive?