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Priority seating on public transport
Priority seating on public transport

by Prunella de Pedant

Call me old-fashioned, but I rather enjoy when a gentleman gives up his seat for me on public transport. Not because I appear to be too old or with child, but because it’s a courteous gesture. This happens from time to time, and I really do appreciate it.

Sadly, more often than not, I find myself standing during busy times and observing the most outrageous behaviour on public transport. I often see the seats labeled as “priority” with derrières in them that don’t look very “priority” to me; instead, these culprits who are very comfortably seated have their heads down or they are staring aimlessly with zero regard of persons who they should be offering their seats to.

Sad that these must be worn for seats to be offered

Sad that these must be worn for seats to be offered

It is true: during peak periods, people can be found sharing personal space in a rather uncomfortable fashion. Rush hour can often get a little too cosy and that means that obtaining a seat can be viewed as a bit of a reward. However, we must remember that some people need those seats more than others - and not because they’re tuckered out but because they physically need to sit down.

This includes:

- elderly people

- pregnant women

- gentlepeople with injuries or physical disabilities

- gentlepeople with little gentlepeople

Consider this more of a rant than advice as everything stated here is absolute common sense (and you may very well share this pet peeve of mine).

Is it really necessary for women to wear badges that state they’re pregnant? Of course, it’s quite obvious.

So, what to do?

To begin with, we must all be courteous and act like those gentlemen I started this dispatch with. Then, we must gently remind people who are oblivious to this issue by being neighbourly and assisting those who are indeed priority.

In my humble opinion, it is bad enough that we need to label such seats as we should automatically offer our seats to those who need it more than we do. However, such signposts are effective reminders that it’s perfectly acceptable - if not necessary - to make sure that the right bottoms are sitting in those priority seats.

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