Have we no civility?

I nearly broached the first rule of the Metro this morning: I nearly spoke to the passengers around me. I came in later than usual this morning, hopping the 7 toward the Pentagon after construction began on my bathroom renovation. A four car blue line train arrived shortly after I did, and it was off into the city. That’s when I saw her. A lovely woman in her late twenties, about four or five months pregnant. Standing in the aisle. With four well-dressed gentlemen seated.

People, it may be August, there may be fewer people in town than usual, and Congress is out of session, hell even the President’s on vacation, but there is NO EXCUSE for a gentleman to be seated on the Metro when a pregnant woman is standing. None. The four of you in the aisle seats just around yourself should be ashamed of yourselves. Worse still, when a lady got up, ostensibly to allow the pregnant woman to be seated, another bozo in a suit took the vacant seat.

What the fuck, people. I mean, I really want to know, what the fuck? Can you tell me what the fuck?

But no, I stayed silent, shooting disapproving glares to all the suits in the aisle seats. I hope karma gave you food poisoning, you discourteous fops.

8 Comments so far

  1. JennB (unregistered) on August 25th, 2005 @ 10:24 pm

    Gentlemen, schmentlemen. I’m a chick, and if I were on that train and saw a pregnant woman standing, I’d give her my seat. Unless you have one leg, you can stand for a few minutes and let the woman with the baby sit down.

  2. wayan (unregistered) on August 25th, 2005 @ 11:02 pm

    Right on.

    I did my preggo good deed yesterday, helping a ’bout-to-burst woman out of the YMCA pool. Damn, she was big. I was almost scared I’d induce labor just buy giving her a good shove to get her up the ladder. I also help lost tourists, having been one all too often, and save children and kittens from dragons and trolls.

  3. Lisa (unregistered) on August 26th, 2005 @ 12:56 am

    You always assume that those others are too engrossed in their reading, lean forward and quietly say, “I’m sorry, would you mind letting her sit?” I’ve never had anyone refuse.

    Most folks are too embarrassed to ask on their own behalf, but most appreciate it.

  4. rollins (unregistered) on August 26th, 2005 @ 1:24 am

    well if she is of such low class that she has to work while pregnant, then really, she should be happy we let her near us.

  5. Robis (unregistered) on August 26th, 2005 @ 1:40 pm

    Oh, Tom, you should have let loose! People in DC get away with stuff like that because no one bothers to call them on it. I remember being on crutches not so long ago. I remember not being able to balance properly, and not being able to get anyone to give me their seat even when I asked, even when I pointed out the sign that says certain seats are reserved for the handicapped. I would have given anything some days to have a little backup.

    Now I make sure to speak up in such cases, even loudly and rudely if need be (if you hear someone on a Metro train making a scene about such things, it may just be me). I don’t see any reason to be embarrassed about it, either. The last time I checked, sticking up for those that need it was a virtue, not a shortcoming.

  6. Anonymous (unregistered) on August 26th, 2005 @ 3:58 pm

    There is one thing worse than evil, and that is the indifference of good men.

  7. Betsy (unregistered) on August 28th, 2005 @ 5:07 pm

    Same thing used to happen to me when I was pregnant & riding NYC’s subway system. In fact, a guy tried to slide in a seat earmarked for me (a woman noticed my condition and got up to give me her seat.)

    When I said something to him (hey, I was a NYCer, I’m not shy) he stuck to his butt-planted guns: “I’m getting off in two more spots; you can have it then.”

    Let’s just say that crowd disapproval made the rest of his ride not such a pleasant experience…

  8. wayan (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2005 @ 8:37 pm

    Not everyone makes preggo’s stand. Here a guy who not only stood, he even wants a date. Something about her being pregnant lady in wife beater

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