Sometimes I truly envy people with an obvious disability. That's not a very PC thing to say, but say it I have.
Noone is gonna question a person in a wheelchair about taking up more room at a cafe than anyone else, or get up 'em because they make an able bodied person's passage through a shopping centre more difficult.
Noone is gonna kick out at the walking frame of an old person struggling by or push an old person with a cane out of the way to get somewhere faster.
Noone is gonna rouse to much on a bald headed sick looking fella whose weight lose is evident by the badly sagging pants and the gaunt cheek bones, when they stop to chunder in the rubbish bin, or on the footpath.
But today's social media circus has seen fit to turn it's ire onto an older woman on a train in the UK who didn't fancy sitting next to a woman with a kid strapped to her chest.
Yep things really kicked off. Behind their little screens people have called this older woman all manner of mean stuff. I truly hope she is not on Facebook and so has not seen the awful comments.
For full disclosure after having watched the video, the older woman was in the first class section of the train having paid a premium for the ticket. The mother in question asked to sit down, the older woman was very reluctant to move her bags off the chair. Words were exchanged. The crowd became hostile. There might have been a train strike or there might have been a train broken down so this train was more crowded than normal. People shouted that anyone could sit anywhere. I don't know if this is true.
Anyway as I watched, I felt anxiety rise. The woman with the baby plonked herself down and now the older woman was wedged in with no means of escape. And I just know that I would not have been able to sit there. I would have had to gather my stuff and even though I had paid for the ticket that this woman had not paid for, I would have had to stand up. And so then I would have been, out of the house for the first time in a week, standing there, feeling like shit because I had been out all day with the leukeamia mutants raging, listening to the rants of the people in the carriage who clearly think that being a mother somehow entitles you to whatever you fancy for free.
Yep I felt for the older woman.
She could of course just have been a crotchety old thing. Who knows, unless you have walked a mile in her shoes.
The comments were I suppose predictably anti old lady, anti first class ticketing, pro mother, pro young person.
I could not help myself. I figured this was a reasoned mild response, just my opinion which I thought was my right.
Sue Elliott I wonder how pushing her way into a first class seat on a train is any different to sneaking into first class on a plane. If she didn't have the correct ticket, she needed to move on.