when you ride a public transit bus, do you move for the elderly and handicapped?

@Demonix (294)
Canada
February 15, 2007 10:37pm CST
I was taking the bus today and I saw an elderly lady and a man in a wheelchair get on the bus, and I moved so they could sit but the person who was sitting in the fold up seats at the front, which is resrved for wheelchair users and whatnot, actually refused to get up so they could fold up the seat for the man in the wheelhair, I couldnt believe it they actually refused, the bus driver had to actually get up and tll the guy to either get out of the seat or get off the bus, I mean like how inconsiderate can a person get? so ya, how many people do that? how many people wont move for the handicapped and elderly people and the people with baby strollers?
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63 responses
• United States
16 Feb 07
I don't take a bus or anything, but i would most def move! I mean, anyone with a heart would move i imagine. I hate seeing people being so rude to people that are less fortunate in life, expecially if they just are being lazy, and not needing the assistance themselves, ya know. And elderly people, I mean come on! That just makes me mad thinking about how someone could be so rude, and cause such a scene!
@hcromer (2711)
• United States
16 Feb 07
You don't have to lie to make friends! I'm just kidding, I completely and totally am going to have to agree with you here Miss Liloshortcake ;)
• United States
17 Feb 07
If we treated others like we expect to be treated maybe things would be a lot different. I have been on both ends of this issue. Whether the seat is designated as handicapped or not, if you are sitting in a seat that is needed for another person that elderly, handicapped, pregnant,or even someone keeping small children acounted for, you should do the considerate thing. It doesn't matter what the reason is. As far as I am concerned if the driver had to step in and make the person move he should have just been moved off the bus with the same amount of consideration he was giving the handicapped person. Maybe we should all take a mental note and think what if that had been one of my parents?
@Naomi17 (624)
16 Feb 07
I always get up its polite and good manners i have a handicapped son and its hard for the elderly to stand that long on a moving bus. I also hate seeing people unwilling to help the mums with children and buggys.
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
16 Feb 07
just like you, i feel bad whenever i see people who are unwilling to help others. why can some be so mean and insensitive to the needs of others. if only we get to give out something that we have, even that seat on the bus for someone who needs it more, the world could have been a better place to live in.
@kuirqs (512)
• Philippines
16 Feb 07
I would give up my seat for the handicapped or to those who need it. What is a bit of sacrifice in order to make someone comfortable? They have to deal with it everyday. It's only up to others to makes their lives a bit more comfortable.
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
you have a good point, these people who are being inconvenienced have to put up with it every day, and yet some people cant go even a little out of their way to make it better for them in any way shape or form thank you for your response
• United States
16 Feb 07
You would be suprised how incondsiderate peole are. IN parking lots, people put shopping carts int eh wakway meant for wheelchairs. One day, i saw someone puting their cart inthe walkway and i told them it wasn't for carts, it is for the disabled, and the lady said "f cuk you,, b itch!" How uncalled for! Keep in mind, i am on oxygen and in a chair most of the time and i NEED that walkway.
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
you bring up a very good point, its not justpublic transit, in parkng and whatnot too eople will leave their buggies in the hadicap route, people park in hanicapped stalls where they are far from handicapped and just want to be closer to the doors, and even on the walkways where people block off the handicap ramps or goskateboarding down them while handicap people wait to get through on it, its far more common that it iseems and still its so unfortunate,whats the world coming to nowaday, what ever happened to people respecting their elders and the handicapped and so on, its downright outrageous
• United States
16 Feb 07
I think that is REALLY WRONG! I would defently move out of the way for someone older or in a wheelchair. I never have had to do this, but I would. I recall when I was in New York my knee had popped out of place. I was grateful someone on the bus let me put my leg up and sit down and ice it. It was really painful and sore. I'd defently do the same for someone like that, or elder, or handicappted.
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
Its good that people made room for you and Im glad that you would make room for others when they need it thanks for your response
• Canada
16 Feb 07
Yes absolutely I move for the elderly, handicap, and mom's with small children. However at one stage in my life I had pins in my legs and my leg all wrapped up and you couldn't tell underneath my pants that I couldn't just get up and stand as much as I looked like I was being rude.
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
well thats understandable then, bt unfortunately theres a lot of people that with nothng wrong with them they still dont want to get up
@tommy0099 (194)
• Indonesia
16 Feb 07
of course i will move for elderly who's age more than 60 years old and for handicapped. There are lot of peolple doesn't care about this. WE should give them a seat.
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
of course, its sad that that a lot of people dont care about it,we should alsways consider those people before we considr ourselves thanks for your response
• Malaysia
16 Feb 07
hi, for me when i was in bus, train or any public transit i will give them my seat although my destination still far though. i really don't mind with that. at least i am more able to stand up with a bit pain. they are too weak for that. i have my own tag "if you want to be respected, you must respect the others first" so the same thing goes here. someday, we will be in that old and weak for sure we will need such consideration in that time.
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
thats true, thats something we cant avoid we are all going to get old at some point and will need the same consideration that we put out for others thanks for responding
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
16 Feb 07
Just out of respect I would move. I would hope one day when I'm old or handicap that someone would do the same for me. Do as you want others to do to you is how I see it. The people that didn't move for the elderly on the bus you took were jerks and should of been kicked off. Those special seats are not made for us, they are made for others.
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
thats a very good point the golden rule is good to keep in mind thanks for your response
@mpshiva6 (65)
• India
16 Feb 07
Hi I am from India. In India all the city buses have special seats for elderly and handicapped. But most often these are occuppied by other people. Most of the times I find that people dont get up when an elderly person is standing. Their best way is to act as if they have not seen the elderly person. You can find them looking out of the window, trying to show that they have not seen the elderly person standing. But almost always if there is someone asking these people to get up and make room for the elderly person they do it, except in very few cases. I think the conductor of the bus should involve himself / herself in the task and make sure the allotted seats are vacated when an elderly person or a handicapped person is standing. I for one always vacate my seat if I find an elderly person, handicapped person, a pregnant lady or a lady holding an infant. Sadly I find these humanitarian consideration lacking in most youngsters of today.
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
well im glad most of the time peple will get up and move for the elderly and handicapped and whatnot... I hope when people dont notice the handicapped and elderly and so on someone points it out to them so that they can give up their seats
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
16 Feb 07
that is really rude he better hope one day he's not in a wheelchair. it is really sad how some people are in this world uncaring and rude.
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
well according to the laws of Karma, that guy would more than likely find himself old and in a wheelchair... Im not one to wish ill will on anyone, but ths is one circumstance where I hope he does end up that way
• Philippines
16 Feb 07
yes i will move for the elderly, handicapped and for very pregnant ladies.
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
Im glad you as well as many people it seems are willing to move,thanks for your response
@hh9905 (1275)
• Malaysia
16 Feb 07
OMG, how inconsiderate he is. I've seen people like that before and i feel like slapping them in the face (his/her size of body usually stopped me from doing that..). Anyway, i think all people should not only consider giving up their seats to the elder ones and handicapped but also pregnant ladies. I've seen so many people especially on public transport who is so ignorant and self-centered. They purposely close thei eyes and pretend to be asleep. That's not all. Just like the one that you saw, they are actually taking the seats that are reserved to the old people/pregnant ladies and handicaps. Aren't they ashamed of their behaviour? Anyway, i hope all people will be more considerate. Just think if you are one of them, then how would you feel if people were to treat you just like what you did (oh, i'm referring to the selfish ones).
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
thats completely inconsiderate, thats just about as bad as th guy refusing to get up They should be ashamed of themselves, seriously thats what those front seats are for, I don't undersand why some people are so inconsiderate, slf-centered, and downright ignorant enough to stay seated and refuse or pretend to sleep just to keep the seat other people need it more it jus doesnt make sense
@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
16 Feb 07
From where i come from, the person would who refuse to move and give his seat to the handicapped or elderly would definitely get sharp stares and will be openly scolded by the other passengers and forcefully removed from where he is sitting. People here still do give outmost consideration for the handicapped and the elderly. We even have special checkout counters and places for senior citizens. Those who are inconsiderate especially to the elderly and handicapped should pray hard they wouldnt get old or handicapped because another inconsiderate person like them might also the same thing to them.
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
wow I think i like that place, the elderly should have nothing to worry about around there thanks for your response
@harxian (671)
• Philippines
16 Feb 07
yes i did it already in our country we have a passenger jeepney and when you seat on the front seat beside the driver theres a saying that indicates please vacate this seat for disabled passengers so when there was a time when i seated in the front and theres a handicapped who rides i offer the seat and i moved to the back to let him seat on it.
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
I'm glad people will move o the back around there without hesitation, thanks for your response
@alantae (244)
• United States
16 Feb 07
I ride the bus alot everyday to and from class since Michigan has a fairly large campus and I usually stand up and give my seat to adults when they get on the bus. Sometimes I'll do it if I see someone get on with alot of stuff in their hands or if I see someone is having trouble standing up because of how terrible some of the drivers are. But sometimes it's hard to tell myself to because I hate having to stand up, and so does everyone else. It's like a race to get to the seats when the bus pulls up and opens its doors. But for the most part, other students are good about offering their seats to adults riding to and from work.
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
I'm glad people around there are good enough to get up, it sems its a race anywhere to get a seat when you first get on the bus
@mhv236690 (341)
• India
16 Feb 07
oh yes i do ///i get up for old people handicapped young children and women .i mean if a person has some sort of self respect he would get up and let the above mentioned take a seat and anyways if the conductor of the bus watches that we hadnt moved he would ask us to get up !!
@Demonix (294)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
yes good point, the bus driver did have to tell himto et up and when he refused he actually told him to eiter get up or get off and thats when the person decided to move, thanks for your input
@7800809 (90)
• Malaysia
1 May 07
Yes, i do , i always give seat to the elderly, child , pregnant woman , i not give seat to handicapped yet because i not meet them in a bus yet!
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
I give my seats to pregnant women, to elderly people (but only those who are already so old they'd had a hard time standing on the bus), and most of all to handicapped people, or if the person is cradling a baby in her arms. These are special occasions and these people need the seats more than I do.