Tuesday, November 04, 2014

We need a national debate about the problem of suitcases on wheels

Sometimes cases on wheels are necessary; more often they're pulled by people who seem to think they're too fabulous to carry anything.

They've got a skinny latte in one hand and with the little finger of the other they're wheeling a case that makes them TWICE AS WIDE.

Two business people walking along the platform wheeling their individual laptops takes up more space than the Temptations.

There are people on the Tube today with pull-along suitcases bigger than wardrobes. What can they possibly have left at home?

Kids follow, wheeling *their* mini trollies containing Buzz Lightyear & a bag of sweets. Everyone's taking up twice the room they need.

Family groups are convoys of human articulated lorries, zig-zagging, tail-gating & jack-knifing all over the public thoroughfares.

And if they suddenly stop, it's never their problem. It's the poor sod behind them who comes to grief.

Don't talk to me about caravans. The pull-along suitcase is the real issue when it comes to traffic congestion.


  1. Good Stepehn Collins cartoon on this note:

  2. As bad as Rucksacks worn in confined spaces.

  3. I blame Lord Sugar. He sent them all away.

  4. Then there is the suitability of golf umbrellas in an urban setting. The clue is in their name.

  5. Agree on all points.
    However, on close inspection of the photograph and following intensive research of the subject in general, my survey reveals that the real problem is pedestrians. They just get under your feet.
    Whether armed with luggage on wheels, pushchairs, prams, ipods, ipads, or merely hobbling along, pedestrians are a flipping nuisance. I believe most of the bigger supermarkets run training courses on trolleygagging and aisle blocking.
    If only they’d stay at home.

  6. "What can they possibly have left at home?"

    Their kitchen sinks?

    I have issues with people who tow small cars on the back of their Motor Home. Get a caravan?

  7. They're rife. I see the point of the larger ones - they become so much easier to manage. It's the smaller overnight size bags on wheels that boil my wee wee. Just carry the bloody thing. What are you taking with you? Pyjamas, underwear, toiletries, clean shirt, plutonium? Plus, they remind me so very much of the pull along shopping trolleys so beloved of little old ladies in the '70's. It is, I suppose, amusing enough to see a buff, celtic warrior-tattooed Alpha male pulling along a teensy little bag on tiny wheels. Two years in the army would do 'em good. I can remember when this was all fields. Etc.

  8. I understand that they are of some ecological benefit, have a hardened lobby and that soon there's a superhighway to be built for them.

    Pedestrians don't need a czar, they require a Rasputin.