….let me pull over my soap box for this one…..
If there is someone older than you – say your parents or even grandparent’s age OR if someone has a young child, is pregnant or has an injury…..GET YOUR ASS UP AND OUT OF THE SEAT AND OFFER IT TO THEM!!
This is my #1 complaint about the train.
It bugs me that they even have to include a message that runs before and after each stop reminding people that priority seating (read the kind that does not require someone to climb stairs) is “reserved for seniors and people with disabilities.” But, to see people clearly pretend they don’t see the 8-months pregnant woman who has her shopping and her younger child with her is just fucking rude.
I guess it was the way I was raised. I was raised you hold doors open for those older than you. You offer them your seat. You treat them with respect. Why this seems to have flown out the window for many people is beyond me.
Today, an older woman got on the train. It is clear from the way she was dressed and her stuff that she is struggling to make ends me. An elderly woman who is trying not to fall victim to the economy (assuming she hadn’t already). And no one would give her a seat. She stood, somewhat hunched over, grabbing on the rail as the train jerked to a stop and start – all the while the youngsters in the seats pretended not to see her. If I had been closer (and didn’t think it would have embarrassed her), I would have yelled at their ass to get up.
Where has this common courtesy gone? If you are a parent, do you teach this to your kids? I’m just curious.
I guess in situations like these, I can’t help but hear my dad’s voice in my head saying “is YOUR leg broke? are YOU injured? No? Then get your ass out of that seat!” And yes, he would have said it exactly like that – then apologized to the man or woman for his dumbass child. And yes, he would have probably used those words too.
For the record, I stand on the train because my leg isn’t broken.