A pregnant woman said she fainted on public transport after being forced to beg other passengers for a seat.
The anonymous mom-to-be from London spoke out and revealed that she’s been forced to ride a bus twice a day despite being 34 weeks pregnant. To make matters worse, no one on the bus offered her a seat during her recent journey despite her noticeable baby bump.
The pregnant lady went on to claim that seats reserved for the elderly, pregnant women, and people with disabilities were taken by passengers who didn’t need them.
“Traveling at least twice a day with changes in London and I’m noticing that it’s less and less common to offer a pregnant woman a seat I feel like it wasn’t like this during my last pregnancy but this time it almost seems to rare for someone to offer!” the distraught mother-to-be wrote in her open letter.
“I’m 34 weeks pregnant and due to a mixture of sickness and low blood pressure, I get really faint in stuffy, busy spaces ie standing on a busy tube. I’m sure that isn’t really unique and many pregnant women feel similarly. Occasionally someone else also standing will go up to people sitting and ask can one of them let me sit down.”
She continued: “One time I felt truly horrific and could feel my head spinning. I asked the people who were in or near the priority seats but they all pretended not to hear me ask about 3 times and then I fainted so that really put me off asking in future.
“I kind of feel like the people who look up multiple times and see you standing in front of them then look back down and ignore you are exactly the sort of people to ignore or say no when you explicitly asked which was sort of proven when I’ve asked.”
The woman went on to suggest that people are getting ruder by the day before asking the internet if she was being unreasonable for thinking that other commuters should offer their seats to pregnant women.
“If you need a seat, ask for one. People are in their own worlds, they won’t offer!” someone said in response.
“I don’t disagree with you but I have been guilty in the past of zoning out and probably looking through people and not registering much. I would definitely move if asked though, and can’t believe people don’t. I think it’s incredibly rude of an able-bodied person to do that,” another suggested.
A third wrote: “You are being unreasonable. It’s a minefield a lot of people would be offended by being offered.”
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