Anna Whitehouse with her fake bump Image: Twitter
Apna seat banta, bhaad main jaaye janta. We know you practise this sometimes. #NoLies.
If rush hour commute gives you nightmares, raise your hands. Securing a seat in the Metro during office hours is basically the equivalent of finding the Holy Grail. And although you can be territorial about your seat, we've all seen some people be really nasty about it.
And despite signboards screaming out the 'Seats Reserved For Physically Handicapped' message, people don't give an eff.
It's not uncommon to find Metro boarders being totally insensitive towards those who really need a seat. Say, senior citizens, physically handicapped people or pregnant women. And if you think this happens only in India, then you are highly mistaken. Turns out, Metro boarders in London are also pretty much the same.
Anna Whitehouse, founder of the parenting blog Mother Pukka, conducted a social experiment in the London Metro and the result was pretty disappointing.
Anna boarded the Metro with a fake baby bump. Despite seeing Anna in a heavily pregnant state, her co-passengers turned a blind eye and didn't offer her a seat. It was only after making herself noticeable to passengers that Anna was offered a seat only once or twice. Many times, she had to ask people for a seat.
Look at glimpses of her social experiment here:
"I find that people are either too engrossed in their phones to be aware of their surroundings or won’t offer their seat unless prompted," Anna told The Sun.
Anna, who is a mother of two, insists anyone who needs a seat in the Metro should be upfront about it. "I’d encourage anyone who needs a seat on public transport to wear a badge and make eye contact. If that fails, don’t suffer in silence — ask for one!” she added.