Now that my fiancee and I are expecting a baby next year, I’ve been thinking a lot about priority seats on trains and buses. They’re seats that are designated for the elderly, handicapped, injured, pregnant and mothers with young children. While I notice that people give up their seats for the elderly, I often see that pregnant women are ignored. It’s not hard for people to notice priority seats. They’re a different colour and there are big signs indicating that they are priority seats. People are obligated to give them up for the specified people. Pregnant women I’ve known have mentioned that usually people don’t give up seats for them. They suddenly pretend to be sleeping or so interested in their cell phone or book that they “don’t notice.” The usual culprits are salarymen. I regularly see women, both young and middle-aged, giving up their seats for the elderly and pregnant women. However, businessmen seem to completely ignore them. When my fiancee and I are riding on the train and some salaryman decides he’s too important to give up his seat for my fiancee, I think I’ll be tempted to do what I can to embarrass him.
Does anyone have any stories about this?