16 Mar '11, 1am

Pregnant commuter asks for a seat - & gets scolded

I'm 28 weeks pregnant, with low blood pressure that makes me prone to fainting spells and shallow breathing. On March 15, I boarded the train from Buangkok Station at around 8.55am and, as usual, all the cabin seats were occupied and no one was gracious enough to give up their seat to me. By the time, the train arrived at Kovan, I started to feel breathless and needed to take a seat. So I walked over to the seat reserved for pregnant and elderly passengers, which was occupied by a teenage boy, and I plucked up my courage to ask him politely if I could have the seat. He obliged. Shortly after, an old man came to me and reprimanded me loudly, saying that I should not ask for the reserved seat. He carried on shouting at me, saying that all the rest were paying passengers and they shouldn't have to give up their seat for me. I was traumatised by this insensitive old man, while...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC110316-0000721/Pregn...

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