There were two moms at the bus stop with their toddlers. They were standing in the area I was standing so I know they needed to pay their fares when they boarded the train. If you have your bus fare, you can board in the middle or back of the train. If you don't, then you would need to board in the front. Our public transit company hires security guards to do random fare checks. You have to show your bus fare to them when they ask for it. If you don't have your fare, you are given a ticket. So, seeing the moms with their kids, my intention was to let them board first because I know first hand how cumbersome it is to pay for your train fare and holding onto your child. The first mom boarded with her daughter and I made space for the second mom, who also had a stroller, to board. Well, two other passengers zoomed right past me and the other mom. How rude! I boarded after the second mom and her baby. Guess what? The train was full and it wasn't a surprise to see no one stood up to offer the lady and her baby a seat. So there she was holding onto her daughter and stroller. I looked at the seated passenger's faces and they looked at the mom but didn't do anything. Hmmm...perhaps they were thinking whether or not they should give up their seats? Or they hope she would find a seat in the back of the train? As I followed behind her to the back of the train, there was one seat available and she quickly took it.
It's weird how passengers tend to look the other way when they see something that they know they should act on. I mean, are they really that tired that they can't give up their seats to someone else? I've seen elderlies, pregnant women, women and men with babies, and even disabled people standing on a crowded bus and no one offered them a seat. People would just glanced and then became intensively interested at a staring spot.
Well, as much as I hate seeing passengers looking the other way when they know they should have better etiquette, making a remark about it would most likely lead to an argument and that's just bringing unwanted attention to myself. With this day and age where most people have video capability on their cell phones, a recording of my argument on Youtube is the last thing I want.
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