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Transit Pet Peeves Contest

Thursday, November 17th, 2011 — 1:35pm PDT
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TransLink has launched a “Transit Pet Peeves” campaign with illustrations depicting some of our greatest annoyances when taking the bus or SkyTrain. They have pitted eight characters against each other in an ultimate pet peeve showdown on their Facebook page.

Disco Dog. Read the Buzzer Blog’s interview with illustrator Ed Spence

Many have a pet peeve when they take public transit. Using seats for bags instead of for people to sit, and eating on transit are just a couple. TransLink has put together eight of the most popular complaints people have posted and tweeted on TransLink’s social media channels, particularly Facebook. The Transit Pet Peeve Battle starts today and will match up characters or “petsonas” every weekday until November 28, 2011. When you vote, you are also entered to win some great prizes from Translink including an iPhone 4S, monthly fare cards and more.

To promote the Transit Pet Peeve Battle, TransLink has also exclusively offered two prizes to my readers. You can enter to win a 3-zone monthly fare card (for December, 2011 or January, 2012 – your choice) as well as a prize pack with a $40 Blenz card, travel mug, travel kit, umbrella, and bike light. Here’s how you can enter to win one my prizes:

  • Leave a comment here naming one of the 8 “petsonas” (full list here) – (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I entered to win a #TransitPetPeeveBattle prize pack from @Translink & @Miss604

This is all in good fun and I know we all hope for a pleasant transit experience. I will draw two winners (one for the fare card, one for the prize pack) at 10:00am on November 28, 2011. The winner of the Transit Pet Peeve Battle will be announced by Translink at 3:00pm that same day.

Update The winners are @778Yvonne (fare card) and Farhan (prize pack).

Current contests on


  1. Allison says:

    Birdie Big Bags is my biggest peeve! i’ve gotten bruises from backpacks in the past ๐Ÿ™ not fun!

  2. Vanessa says:

    Blocking Bunny!

  3. Kevin says:

    Oh man, I hate the crowding kitty.

  4. Michael Kwan says:

    Funky Ferret is the worst, though Blocking Bunny is a close second.

  5. Rachel says:

    Chatty Chihuahua!

  6. Jeremy says:

    Lounge lizard is one of my transit pet peeves!

  7. Taigi says:

    Birdie Big Bags

  8. Julie says:

    Oh the Blocking Bunny!

  9. Jen says:

    Crowding kitty….but all of them are great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. lindsay says:

    Birdie Big Bags hands down

  11. Keira-Anne says:

    There should be a “petsona” for those bus drivers that have a penchant for swerving, lurching, or slamming the breaks.

  12. Salma says:

    Funky Ferret!

  13. Gary says:

    Birdie big bag

  14. Serena Debolt says:

    Birdie Big Bags, we see them everywhere.

  15. matthew m says:

    Lounge lizard

  16. chuck says:

    Birdie Big Bags

  17. Lesley says:

    Birdie Big Bags – wish that also applied to people who refuse to put gigantic backpacks on the floor!

  18. Hayley says:

    People who assume that just because you look young and okay that you must not need the disable seating. Some people have invisible disabilities.

  19. valerie says:

    Blocking Bunny, that’s the name! Just flush that bunny down the drain!

  20. Jamie says:

    Chatty Chuihuahua is my fav only because it’s not a pet peeve, I like listening in on other peoples convos and then wondering who they’re talking to and how they got into such issues or I interject with my own opinion. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. janice says:

    Birdie Big Bags!!

  22. Gabriella N says:

    Blocking Bunny

  23. Sylvia says:

    Chatty Chihuahua!

  24. Jeff MacLeod says:

    I wouldn’t mind the Blenz gift card as it’s where I get all my hot chocolate when I’m out. And my persona is Hungry Hampster.

  25. Beth says:

    blocking bunny makes my blood boil!!

  26. Dilara says:

    Lounge Lizard is one of the worst! Blocking Bunny is a close second though…

  27. Brenda says:

    Blocking Bunny! It’s good manners to ‘share the road’.

  28. Cliff says:

    Blocking Bunny is the worst

  29. Donna L says:

    Funky Ferret. Hygiene please peoples!

  30. Timmy Wong says:

    Blocking Bunny and Clouding Kitty. Wherever i have a chance, I use the elbow.

  31. Farhan says:

    Blocking Bunny, although they’re all just as terrible.

  32. Leah says:

    Blocking Bunnies ANNOY me too many times. They wouldn’t let passengers get off the train, even if it means not having enough room for them because, well duh, they won’t let us out! Ughhh annoys me every single time. I sometimes make them see how annoyed I am, but I haven’t been successful. They’re all looking down!

  33. Grace Hung says:

    Chatty Chihuahua! =D

    Really need a translink 3 zone for december it’s going to be a snowy Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Mar says:

    Lounge lizard by a long shot!

  35. Kris says:

    I guess I don’t like Crowding Kitty. But mostly I hate people who push me when I’m on the bus or skytrain. :/

    (And really, listening to peoples conversations – whether they’re in person or on the phone – can be delightfully entertaining! ๐Ÿ˜€ )

  36. Bons says:

    Blocking Bunny!

  37. Katie says:

    Blocking bunny

  38. Curtis slade says:

    Loud music and people talking on their cell phones

  39. Albert C says:

    for me it’s … Disco Dog!

  40. Linda says:

    I do not like Chatty Chihuahuas.

  41. B says:

    Blocking bunny. There is more space at the back of the bus, but I guess when the person does not want to move to the back of the bus when their stop arrives, they block at a spot where it is convinent for them to be a block bunny. Sometimes, enough peer pressure of starring at the block bunny will eventually get them to unblock.

  42. Anne says:

    So hard to choose….but her goes, Funky Ferret

  43. Raju says:

    Funky ferret! LOL

  44. Bonnie says:

    Blocking bunny

  45. Paula says:

    Birdie big bags! See this on a daily basis!

  46. Martha says:

    Birdie big bags!!!!!

  47. A.L. says:

    Disco Dog!

  48. Allison says:

    Blocking Bunny!

  49. Kathy says:

    Blocking Bunny!

  50. Felice Lam says:

    Chatty Chihuahuas act like they are on stage at some shows. They’re so oblivious to their surroundings; it amazes me every time. However, they make for some great overheards to live tweet.

    Then again, since I’m based out of Seattle, every time, I come up here, I operate thanks to WIFI.

    Anyways, they can sometimes be entertaining and other times, plain annoying, but that’s what listening to music is for. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for the contest! I love your Skytrain.

    ~ @felicelam

  51. LucieB says:

    Blocking Bunny- ughhhh, so annoying.

  52. Jeff says:

    Blocking Bunny FTW!

  53. David says:

    Funky Ferret!

  54. Debra says:

    Blocking bunny for sure!

  55. David D. says:

    Birdie Big Bags! ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Lawrence Lua says:

    Crowding Kitty really needs to go back to the litter.

  57. Noelle says:

    Birdie Big Bags needs to fly south for winter. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  58. TylerIngram says:

    I would have to go with Funky Ferret. Too often do I get on a crowded by or skytrain and there is ALWAYS someone who doesn’t believe in personal hygiene ๐Ÿ˜‰

  59. Chris says:

    Funky Ferret. When I rode the bus to UBC every morning and there was always a student or two who missed their morning shower… for the past week. It was not pleasant. Not a good way to start the morning.

  60. Parker says:

    Birdie Big Bags! Although it is the folks you sit in the front seats and act like they don’t see someone boarding who actually needs the front seats who bother me the most!

  61. Maryanne says:

    Funky ferret although I wish it was only BO. Where’s the character that coughs in your face?

  62. Judy says:

    Funky ferret and Blocking Bunny are head-to-head #1 worst!!

  63. Amy says:

    Definitely Crowding Kitty.

  64. Brenda says:

    Birdie Big Bags for sure!

  65. Xing says:

    Blocking Bunny

  66. Mae says:

    My biggest peeve is Blocking Bunny. For Pete’s sake, let people OFF the skytrain first before you board. Your pushing & shoving just slows it all down for everone.

  67. Cecile says:

    Crowding Kitty! Do they have ears? Meow!

  68. Chris says:

    Funky Ferret

  69. Michelle W. says:

    Hate Blocking Bunny! Can’t explain how much it bothers me!

  70. Lauren says:

    Funky Ferret – nothing worse than a person wearing way too much perfume!

  71. Alicia says:

    Blocking Bunny!

  72. Jan says:

    Chatty Chihuahua

  73. Sanaz says:

    Blocking Bunny for sure

  74. J says:

    Funky Ferret is neverrrrrr fun!

  75. Michelle says:


  76. Christine says:

    Blocking Bunny for sure!

  77. lindawwww says:

    Chatty Chihuahua – your phone conversation just isn’t that interesting.

  78. Joey says:

    Disco Dog – my biggest bus pet peeve!

  79. Peter says:

    Blocking Bunny

  80. Marianne says:

    Funky Ferret!

  81. Abby says:

    Ugh, Funky Ferret.

  82. Brenda says:

    Definitely Chatty Chihuahua.

  83. Are says:

    Funky Ferret

  84. Celestian says:

    Blocking Bunny!

  85. maria says:

    Blocking Bunny!

  86. Ed says:

    Funky Ferret

  87. Greg says:

    blocking bunny

  88. The Love Bird epidemic. Get a room.

  89. anne says:

    crowding kitty! so annoying!

  90. Brandy says:

    As a gimp, Lounge Lizard makes me crazy.

  91. Tracey flattes says:

    I seem to encounter Blocking Bunny everytime I take transit!

  92. Cyndi says:

    Chatty Chihuahuas, especially the ones that think their conversation is so important that have to SPEAK AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE

  93. Duncan Stephen says:

    Blocking Bunny. Funny that they don’t yet have Fingernail Clipper Fish, or something…

  94. Gigi says:

    Chatty Chihuahua

  95. Richard says:

    The Chatty Chihuahuas, especially the foul mouthed ones.

  96. isha says:

    funky ferret is the worst

  97. Peter says:

    Funky Ferret … not sure I’ve encountered one, funky or otherwise.

  98. Jennifer Breakspear says:

    Oh how am I to choose? So many of them annoy me so! It probably comes down to a tie between Funky Ferret, Blocking Bunny and Crowding Kitty.

  99. Sarah says:

    Cannot stand the Funky Ferret. ๐Ÿ™

  100. Gigi says:

    I’ve been encountering Blocking Bunnies every morning on my way to work. Just step off the train, and let others leave, please!

  101. Grace says:

    Different times of the day, I encounter different types of transit pet peeves. The Crowding Kitty annoys me after a long day of work.

  102. Gordon says:

    Funky Ferret!

  103. Grace says:

    Chatty Chihuahua!!

  104. Ian says:

    Birdie Big Bags seems pretty darn bad…just saying!

  105. Laura says:

    I’d say a mixture of crowding kitty with funky ferret. I’ve been crowded by too many stinky people.

  106. Jennifer says:

    Blocking Bunny

  107. Shannon says:

    Blocking Bunny is probably the funniest drawing… so true. Crowding Kitty is pretty annoying coming home from SFU though!

  108. Teresa K says:

    Funky Ferret

  109. Jeannie Smyth says:

    Chatty Chcihuhua is the worst! I dont want to hear their phone conversations!

  110. Chelsea says:

    Blocking Bunny. That should be the mascot for the 99B-line, for sure!

  111. Darryl says:

    Birdie big bags

  112. Wendy says:

    Chatty chihuahua!

  113. Bernadette says:

    Blocking bunny!!!!!

  114. chrissy says:

    Hungry Hamster!

  115. Robyn says:

    The Lounge Lizard! So annoying

  116. Winnie says:

    crowding kitty!

  117. Frances Murphy says:

    Chatty Chihuahua! and Chewy Chihuahua! Can’t stand people chewing gum with their mouths open, hate it hate it!

  118. Erica says:

    Blocking Bunny

  119. Lloyd says:

    Funky Ferret.

  120. Gina says:

    Hungry Hampster

  121. Cecilia says:

    Blocking Bunny is definitely my number one pet peeve when I’m on transit!!

  122. Samantha says:

    Blocking Bunny is the worst. Crowding Kitty is a very close second.

  123. Laura says:

    birdie big bags!! ahhh

  124. Von says:

    I dislike Birdie Big Bags.

  125. Arianne Adams says:

    Blocking bunny

  126. John Mah says:

    crowding kitty

  127. AJ says:

    Blocking bunny

  128. Vincent Chen says:

    blocking bunny

  129. Tracy says:

    Hate those lounge lizards :p

  130. Sara says:

    Funky Ferret!

  131. Chris Slater says:

    Blocking bunnies are the worst. Just step off the freakin’ bus and people can get on or off. You can hop right back on again you know.

  132. Stacey Cook says:

    Funky Ferret by far….nothing worse than sitting next to a “stinky pete” with no escape.

  133. kahhlee says:

    Chatty Chihuahua

  134. Jen Han says:

    Blocking bunny!

  135. Jenn says:

    Hungry hamster! LOL I’m always eating.

  136. Ginger Leah Gervais says:

    Chatty Chihuahua!

    My kids dont need to hear half the stuff they do :/

  137. Kathleen says:

    Blocking Bunny and crowding Kitty!!!

  138. Tom says:

    Funky ferret

  139. Ryan says:

    Blocking Bunny is the worst! >=(

  140. Tina says:

    Blocking Bunny for sure.

  141. Jessica R.F says:

    I throw elbows to those Blocking Bunnies! So rude!

  142. Fawn Mulcahy says:

    Drives me crazy when I can hear music clearly through headphones … On the person beside me!

  143. Wuhong Luo says:

    Would be me?

  144. marianne says:

    Funky ferrets make me gag but I really dislike the sneezing snivelling sick snakes that go around spreading their germs! Stay Home, I say! But hey, Merry Xmas!!

  145. Janna says:

    Funky ferret is absolutely the worst.

  146. Janet says:

    The funky ferret is my pet peeve

  147. Alex says:

    Funky Ferret!

  148. Fay says:

    birdie big bags – bah! bags don’t need seats and I try and stay off rush-hour transit if I have a lot of luggage.

  149. Erika says:

    blocking bunny – this one really get me!!! I always ask them to MOOOOVE! lol

  150. Andy says:


  151. Maya says:

    Crowding Kitty… drives me mad

  152. dali says:

    blocking bunny, ooohhh woe is me

  153. Marc says:

    Chatty Chihuahua

  154. Muckymoo says:

    Birdie Big Bags

  155. Trish says:

    Birdie Big Bags is a menace!

  156. Lindsey says:

    Lounge Lizard!

  157. David says:

    Blocking Bunny extremely rude

  158. Deidre says:

    the funky fertret – and all those people who light up a smoke while waiting in line for the bus to arrive

  159. Vince says:

    the blocking bunny!

  160. Krystal says:

    Funk Ferrets will totally make me change to a different bus – i cant do the gross smelling nasty warmth that invades my pace. Sometimes it cant be helped though, some people just smell “different”.

    On that note – the Crowding Kitty is my least favorite – arrogant and irresponsible.They are the typical “that guy” making everyone elses life akward.

  161. Andrea says:

    Funky ferret! Eeewwww

  162. Tina C. says:

    The blocking bunny

  163. AC07-NW says:

    Birdie Big Bags

  164. Teresa says:

    Birdie big bags for sure

  165. Sunshine G says:

    Blocking bunny.

  166. Sean Davies says:

    Disco Dog. Definitely.

  167. Tooth Fairy says:

    Funky Feret ( smelly )

  168. Stotes says:

    Disco Dog!

  169. Jovita says:

    Definitely blocking bunny. It’s even worse if you’re trying to get off of a crowded bus and no one will move.

  170. Chloe says:

    Ugh, the Crowding Kitty is the WORST! Just move to the back of the bus!

  171. Beki Liang says:

    blocking bunny!!! i’ve missed my stops or couldn’t get on because of them!! Grrrrr

  172. Ryanne says:

    blocking bunny! so annoying when i’m trying to get on or off the skytrain/bus and they’re just always in the way!!!!

  173. mitzi says:

    blocking bunny is the worst!

  174. Colleen says:

    Birdie Big Bags, you make me crazy!

  175. Rebecca says:

    Disco Dog

  176. Maureen says:

    Blocking Bunny is a good one.

    One of my peeves is people who carry huge knapsacks on their backs, not paying attention to where they’re swinging it. Please take it off on a crowded bus!

  177. cole says:

    blocking bunny is a menace!

  178. NM says:

    Blocking bunny.

  179. Andrew C. says:

    Disco Dog

  180. Sandy N says:

    Blocking bunny!

  181. Tammy Nguyen says:

    I would have to say, the Blocking Bunny

  182. Andrew says:

    Disco Dog likes disco music.

  183. Adrienne says:

    Funky ferret!

  184. tracy says:

    Chatty Chihuahua for sure =_=

  185. Shannon says:

    blocking bunny ๐Ÿ™‚

  186. Kim Nguyen says:

    Birdie Big Bag T^T

  187. Joyce says:

    Blocking Bunny! ๐Ÿ™

  188. TY says:

    crowding kitty!

  189. Ruth says:

    Funky Ferret

  190. Megan Harris says:

    Chatty Chihuahua drives me crazy!!

  191. Donna says:

    Funky Ferret horrible to be next to

  192. Andrew says:

    Blocking Bunny

  193. icitea/Clare says:

    absolutely hate chatty chihuahua! D:

  194. Ed says:

    Blocking Bunny

  195. sue says:

    Disco Dog ! I love all types of music! My daughter gave me some really good headphones, so thankful to rid myself of the chatty’s , disco dogs, and the over all noise and not bother people on the long ride back ‘n forth

  196. Armando says:

    Chatty Chihuahua!

  197. alice irwin says:

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnkyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ferret for sure – the chatty chihuahua are alkways light entertainment!!

  198. Debbie F says:

    funky ferrett

  199. Greg says:

    funky ferret

  200. jen says:

    funky ferret is definitely a little awkward on certain bus routes…

  201. John says:

    Funky Ferret

  202. Britt says:

    Definitely the Funky Ferret. So gross being trapped on the Skytrain with one of those.

  203. Katherine says:

    I ride transit a lot and am always frustrated by a Blocking Bunny! It’s frustrating when everyone is packed at the front of the bus but there is loads of room at the back :S

  204. shelly says:

    Chatty Chihuahua! so annoying!@

  205. Vanessa says:

    The Funky Ferret is the absolute worst. Although I would like to add in my own Pestsona of the Drunken Dingo, because those are just as bad!!

  206. Liam says:

    Chatty Chihuahua

  207. Karen Erwin says:

    Blocking Bunny:(

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