When you’ve stepped out of the rain onto a train or bus and sat down, and you can’t get the case back on the umbrella, you resort to resting the wet brolly on your lap, making your knee wet. You daren’t put it on the floor of the train because you just know you’ll forget you did that and leave it behind.
An unpleasant sensation of rain water seeping through your trousers or skirt. Worry about potential embarrassment. Sadness, frustration.
What causes it?
It is a direct result of not being able to get the case back on your umbrella and a fear of just bunging your brolly on the dirty floor of the train and possibly leaving it behind when you get off.
Who is affected?
Any individual going into a dry place and sitting down having just been outside using their umbrella. Often occurs on trains or buses and therefore affects many thousands of commuters. Symptoms are more acute for those wearing very thin clothing such as smart suit trousers or a skirt and tights.
Can it be avoided?
You could of course just put the umbrella on the floor down by your feet and bag, but you do risk forgetting it’s there and leaving it behind, because umbrellas are the single easiest object to lose in modern life.
Umbrella, not being able to get the case back on