This gives a whole new meaning to ‘Can I give you a hand?’
Being in your final trimester can be a real drag. You’re huge (and if you weren’t no one wants to hear about it), uncomfortable, and generally shouldn’t be out in public because people feel the need to constantly comment on just how big and uncomfortable you are. So imagine your frustration when you get on public transportation and find, not only will someone not get up to let you sit down, they won’t even move their bag so you can take a load off.
“Well it finally happened in my 8th month of pregnancy,” Twitter user Brydie Lee-Kennedy wrote. “I just sat on a man’s hand and bag when he wouldn’t move them off the last spare seat on the bus. We’re now sharing a very quiet ride.”
Apparently, some dipshit felt his hand and his bag were more deserving of a seat on the bus than an eight-month pregnant woman — and with Kennedy’s help he got exactly what he had coming.
You’d think this type of behavior would be a one-off but Kennedy, who lives in London, had hundreds of responses to her tweet, each more outrageous than the next. We all know public transportation can be competitive sport, but at some point you’d think in certain cases decency would prevail:
Warning: the following tweet should hang in the Louvre because that’s how good it is. It’s a piece of art and you can’t tell me otherwise.
When I was eight months pregnant I left my house to get groceries in the sweltering heat, parked my car, hoisted one swollen leg out, started crying hysterically, and drove back home. The fact that Kennedy kept her cool long enough to think, “You know what, I’m gonna sit my ass down on this guy’s hand” should be celebrated around the world.
Priority seats are designated in certain forms of public transportation (trains, buses, tubes, etc) to allow the elderly, injured, disabled, and expecting mothers to be able to ride public transport semi-comfortably. So, if you don’t fit into one of those categories, don’t sit there. It’s not that hard. And if you can’t be bothered to stand for someone in need, please let this serve as a warning that your hand/bag/briefcase/electronic device may be sat on for the duration of the ride. Good luck getting it back if you need it.
No matter what, they’ll always be people who believe they are the most important person in any given situation and would rather not make eye contact or pretend they don’t see you rather than be slightly inconvenienced. For every one of those folks, let’s pray there’s two like Kennedy to show them what’s up.