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(Daily Telegraph)   Passengers on a full bus wouldn't give up their seat to a pregnant woman because in the words of one rider, "She chose to be pregnant"   ( dailytelegraph.com.au) divider line
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2012-01-10 01:39:59 AM  
Well she did. Stop feeling so entitled, pregnant lady!
 
MBK [recently expired TotalFark]
2012-01-10 01:56:23 AM  
I saw this a few times on the Blue Line in Chicago. farkers wouldn't stand up when an elderly passenger came in (I was standing also, so I couldn't give up my seat).

On Saturday, blind guy steps on the train. I saw 4 heads instantly go towards their books/iPads/phones. Pathetic, really.
 
2012-01-10 02:06:16 AM  
Are people just not taught manners anymore? I find something like this to be unconscionable. Nobody thinks to himself, "If I don't give my seat to this pregnant woman, I'm going to feel like a douchebag all day?"
 
2012-01-10 02:12:07 AM  

MBK: I saw this a few times on the Blue Line in Chicago. farkers wouldn't stand up when an elderly passenger came in (I was standing also, so I couldn't give up my seat).

On Saturday, blind guy steps on the train. I saw 4 heads instantly go towards their books/iPads/phones. Pathetic, really.


That crap doesn't cut it on LTD (Lane Transit District) buses. There are seats near the front of the bus for disabled and senior passengers. If the bus is full and such a passenger boards, and no one in those seats voluntarily moves, the bus driver will tell them to do so.

Surprisingly enough, 9 times out of 10 when I'm offered a seat, it's by a teenage boy or young man. I always thank them too since my balance is poor and standing on a moving bus is difficult for me.
 
2012-01-10 02:32:53 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Are people just not taught manners anymore?


Nope. Or at least they don't care about them any more. It's amazing the kinds of rude things people don't give a second thought to anymore.
 
2012-01-10 02:51:20 AM  
The woman should have stood on her swollen feet. This is her penance for saying "gobsmacked."
 
MBK [recently expired TotalFark]
2012-01-10 02:54:07 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: That crap doesn't cut it on LTD (Lane Transit District) buses. There are seats near the front of the bus for disabled and senior passengers. If the bus is full and such a passenger boards, and no one in those seats voluntarily moves, the bus driver will tell them to do so.

Surprisingly enough, 9 times out of 10 when I'm offered a seat, it's by a teenage boy or young man. I always thank them too since my balance is poor and standing on a moving bus is difficult for me.


Being on a bus is different than a train. I've seen bus drivers do that, but on a train, the conductor isn't in every compartment.

Luckily the blind dude had a CTA worker with him and got him a seat. But...it was just amazing how everyone just ignored it. It was like in school, when the teacher asks a question and no one knows the answer, everyone just looks down, hoping not to be called.

Personally, I blame Apple and Steve Jobs.
 
2012-01-10 02:57:00 AM  

MBK: Personally, I blame Apple and Steve Jobs.


heh
 
2012-01-10 03:01:07 AM  
But the ability of a packed peak-hour Sydney train

not a bus.
 
2012-01-10 03:03:49 AM  

MBK: Bathia_Mapes: That crap doesn't cut it on LTD (Lane Transit District) buses. There are seats near the front of the bus for disabled and senior passengers. If the bus is full and such a passenger boards, and no one in those seats voluntarily moves, the bus driver will tell them to do so.

Surprisingly enough, 9 times out of 10 when I'm offered a seat, it's by a teenage boy or young man. I always thank them too since my balance is poor and standing on a moving bus is difficult for me.

Being on a bus is different than a train. I've seen bus drivers do that, but on a train, the conductor isn't in every compartment.

Luckily the blind dude had a CTA worker with him and got him a seat. But...it was just amazing how everyone just ignored it. It was like in school, when the teacher asks a question and no one knows the answer, everyone just looks down, hoping not to be called.

Personally, I blame Apple and Steve Jobs.


Sorry, I didn't realize you were referring to a train.
 
2012-01-10 03:48:04 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Surprisingly enough, 9 times out of 10 when I'm offered a seat, it's by a teenage boy or young man. I always thank them too since my balance is poor and standing on a moving bus is difficult for me.


Not so surprising. They haven't had the unmistakable experience of being biatched at by some gender warrior who thinks lambasting a guy for offering common courtesy is striking a fatal blow against The Man.
 
2012-01-10 04:08:27 AM  
When my wife was pregnant, she said it was usually a woman who would give up her seat on the metro.

French women are usually off work on doctors orders by the time they're too pregnant to stand for a work commute. My wife worked up to a week before her due date, and her colleagues were always saying, "Why are you still at work?" The "Work 'til you water breaks" American attitude is absent in France.

As is the "Come back to work 2 days after a C-section" attitude.

Dieu merci.
 
2012-01-10 04:30:42 AM  

Bathia_Mapes:

Surprisingly enough, 9 times out of 10 when I'm offered a seat, it's by a teenage boy or young man. I always thank them too since my balance is poor and standing on a moving bus is difficult for me.


My mother is the kindest little 5' 2" Irish-Catholic women you've ever met. She would beat me senseless if I didn't offer my seat up with a smile.

/ Kids today, with their long hair and rock and roll music...
 
2012-01-10 05:08:07 AM  
There is no excuse for a lack of manners except poor parents. my daughter and I took mass transit when she was younger and I always made her sit on my lap or give up her seat if no one else would.
I have no qualms about calling some of these lazy, ill mannered punks out for ignoring someone who needs the seat more than them.
Best are the overweight, entitled women that fill the seat next to them with groceries and look out the window as someone struggles to stand.

/stab
 
2012-01-10 05:13:22 AM  

Petit_Merdeux: When my wife was pregnant, she said it was usually a woman who would give up her seat on the metro.

French women are usually off work on doctors orders by the time they're too pregnant to stand for a work commute. My wife worked up to a week before her due date, and her colleagues were always saying, "Why are you still at work?" The "Work 'til you water breaks" American attitude is absent in France.

As is the "Come back to work 2 days after a C-section" attitude.

Dieu merci.


I was asked to come back to work 2 weeks after mine, leaking milk and all.
 
2012-01-10 06:21:39 AM  

Bathia_Mapes:


Surprisingly enough, 9 times out of 10 when I'm offered a seat, it's by a teenage boy or young man. I always thank them too since my balance is poor and standing on a moving bus is difficult for me.


In general. I find the teenage kids a lot more polite than people in their 20's or 30's. If there's a teener entering a store ahead of me, it's almost a given the door will be held open. If it's someone older, I try to avoid a concussion and picking glass out of my teeth.

/
 
2012-01-10 07:15:51 AM  

Petit_Merdeux: When my wife was pregnant, she said it was usually a woman who would give up her seat on the metro.

French women are usually off work on doctors orders by the time they're too pregnant to stand for a work commute. My wife worked up to a week before her due date, and her colleagues were always saying, "Why are you still at work?" The "Work 'til you water breaks" American attitude is absent in France.

As is the "Come back to work 2 days after a C-section" attitude.

Dieu merci.


Because the French know better than to think being a corporate whore is a good thing.
 
2012-01-10 07:55:41 AM  
My fav are the women with strollers who board first, sit in the first seat by the driver, and the rest of the boarding passengers have to do gymnastics just to get by the damn stroller now blocking the aisle. Thanks, lady - you can have that seat if you want it, it's designated for you and the elderly, just wait a damn minute for the rest of us to board first.
 
2012-01-10 08:16:49 AM  
I don't look at people when I am using public transit. I find my seat, and I open my book or my Nintendo DS, and that's that. I'm not rude, I just don't give a fark about your existence in my life, so give me a break and fark off.
 
2012-01-10 08:17:18 AM  

gopher321: My fav are the women with strollers who board first, sit in the first seat by the driver, and the rest of the boarding passengers have to do gymnastics just to get by the damn stroller now blocking the aisle. Thanks, lady - you can have that seat if you want it, it's designated for you and the elderly, just wait a damn minute for the rest of us to board first.


Strollers have to be folded and out of the way in Oregon and Washington.
 
2012-01-10 08:26:38 AM  

gopher321: My fav are the women with strollers who board first, sit in the first seat by the driver, and the rest of the boarding passengers have to do gymnastics just to get by the damn stroller now blocking the aisle. Thanks, lady - you can have that seat if you want it, it's designated for you and the elderly, just wait a damn minute for the rest of us to board first.


When we were in Germany, I almost never had to get the stroller onto/off of the bus myself. Someone would almost always help. They have a section of the bus designated for strollers.
As a consequence of living there and taking their public transportation, my kids have wonderful bus/train manners.
Too bad the town we now live in has no public transportation to speak of.
 
2012-01-10 08:37:13 AM  
"She chose to be pregnant"

Sounds like a Fark thread about flying with children.
 
2012-01-10 08:39:08 AM  
The only thing that surprises me about this is that it happened anywhere other than the U.S.
 
2012-01-10 08:42:08 AM  
I would love it if I had time to dig up a similar op ed from 1943 Alabama, talking about those impolite colored people not minding their manners.
 
2012-01-10 08:44:31 AM  
Where are all the feminists screaming Equal Opportunity!

/Offered a my seat to a heavily pregnant woman once, and she declined.
//Also once held a door open for a guy in a wheelchair (like I would have for anyone coming through) and he started blasting the shiat out of me for doing so. So I no longer do.
 
2012-01-10 08:47:29 AM  
If it wasn't so late in the game, I'd say we've found our new GOP frontrunner.
 
2012-01-10 08:50:06 AM  
Blind, old, handicapped... I can see giving up a seat for them.

But the people on the bus are right. She bought her ticket, she chose to be pregnant, I say, let her stand.
 
2012-01-10 08:50:37 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Surprisingly enough, 9 times out of 10 when I'm offered a seat, it's by a teenage boy or young man. I always thank them too since my balance is poor and standing on a moving bus is difficult for me.


Everybody has sympathy for drunk people on buses.
 
2012-01-10 08:52:37 AM  
This is why everyone's supposed to move to the back of the bus.
 
2012-01-10 08:54:10 AM  
Sometimes you can't tell whether a woman is pregnant or just fat. I'm not giving my seat to the fattie because she should be walking instead of taking the bus.
 
2012-01-10 08:56:42 AM  
If she had spent more time standing, this wouldn't be an issue.
 
2012-01-10 09:00:13 AM  

AbbeySomeone: Strollers have to be folded and out of the way in Oregon and Washington.


Isn't that a bit uncomfortable for the kids sitting in them?
 
2012-01-10 09:02:31 AM  

SurfaceTension: AbbeySomeone: Strollers have to be folded and out of the way in Oregon and Washington.

Isn't that a bit uncomfortable for the kids sitting in them?


I don't see how they would even be able to sit in them if their mom lives in, say, Virginia, and had to store the stroller all the way in Washington state.
 
2012-01-10 09:08:51 AM  

alienated: But the ability of a packed peak-hour Sydney train
not a bus.



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2012-01-10 09:53:44 AM  

Archie Goodwin: Where are all the feminists screaming Equal Opportunity!

/Offered a my seat to a heavily pregnant woman once, and she declined.
//Also once held a door open for a guy in a wheelchair (like I would have for anyone coming through) and he started blasting the shiat out of me for doing so. So I no longer do.


You know who else disagreed a lot with a guy in a wheelchair?

/nice handle
 
2012-01-10 09:58:15 AM  

SurfaceTension: AbbeySomeone: Strollers have to be folded and out of the way in Oregon and Washington.

Isn't that a bit uncomfortable for the kids sitting in them?


Yes, but it shuts them up real quick.
 
2012-01-10 09:59:54 AM  
If I was there I definitely would have stood up for her. And if I didn't have a seat I would have yelled at one of the punks, "Hey punk, get out of your seat and let this fat lady sit down."
 
2012-01-10 10:05:20 AM  
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She could have chosen to hang up her coat and stay at home.
 
2012-01-10 10:11:35 AM  
I'd gladly offer up my seat. I have in the past and will in the future. I was just in Rome and was on the train and gave up my seat for an elderly man even though my flat feet were killing me because I forgot to pack my orthotics and walked for 6 hours that day. I'd rather be in pain than someone else.

That said...

Is there a reason that this woman in the article would rather passive-aggressively biatch than politely ask if someone would be willing to give up their seat? Why is all the onus on the non-needy? Yes, it's manners. But it can work both ways.
 
2012-01-10 10:18:16 AM  
I wouldn't offer my seat to a pregnant lady either. In this day and age of feminism and equality, they can stand. I was actually incredulous when, at Christmas, as my family was boarding a bus to NYC, my brother was saying loudly "I wonder who is going to give up their seat to M---" (who is 5 months pregnant). I wanted to retort "She is in better shape than I am, and that 10" baby isn't going to kill her."
 
2012-01-10 10:39:31 AM  

serial_crusher: Sometimes you can't tell whether a woman is pregnant or just fat. I'm not giving my seat to the fattie because she should be walking instead of taking the bus.



Oh man, imagine giving up your seat to a pregnant woman only to find out she's fat. That could turn awkward fast.
 
2012-01-10 10:50:09 AM  

Sybarite: serial_crusher: Sometimes you can't tell whether a woman is pregnant or just fat. I'm not giving my seat to the fattie because she should be walking instead of taking the bus.


Oh man, imagine giving up your seat to a pregnant woman only to find out she's fat. That could turn awkward fast.


I know! He could have actually been nice, or showed a fat person respect! That's just inhuman.
 
2012-01-10 11:06:46 AM  

GAT_00: a fat person respect


Fat people aren't people, duh.

Also, no Garfunkel and Oates?
 
2012-01-10 11:10:25 AM  
I get up for old people but preggos can suck my socks.
 
2012-01-10 11:11:24 AM  
Pathetic city dwellers. rewardslink.info
 
2012-01-10 11:12:19 AM  
Why was she out of the kitchen?
 
2012-01-10 11:12:49 AM  
That's terrible! I remember a time when negroes moved for white people. Now, you have to stand there while Tyronne listens to his walkman! What is the world coming to?
 
2012-01-10 11:13:00 AM  
Came for the "people these days" self-righteous masturbation, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-01-10 11:14:04 AM  
Last winter I tore a ligament and spent three months in a walking cast. I take public transit everywhere, and I can say with authority, that people are dicks.
 
2012-01-10 11:14:16 AM  
Somebody needs a "No ticket!" moment.

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