Mhairi-Claire Doolan, a woman who was 8 months pregnant, was forced to stand on a train after a man refused to give way on the seat that she had booked. Even as she showed him the ticket as proof that she had reserved the seat, the man just laughed in her face.
“I was already tired and in pain and to be honest I’m so heavily pregnant I should probably not be travelling by train, so I made sure I had a seat booked. I told him I had that seat booked and positioned myself so that he could see I was pregnant but he just ignored me. The electronic booking system had broken so I showed him my ticket. He looked at it and then just laughed in my face and turned away."
Ms. Doolan was forced to stand and she did not want to ask anyone for a seat because she was afraid to be laughed at again. She said that no one did anything to help her; and no one offered her a seat. The passengers just averted their eyes and pretended they have not seen it. Luckily, a seat became available after more than thirty minutes.
“The whole thing has made me question the way I act around others. I always thought it was an unspoken rule that you give up your seat for pregnant ladies or you allow them to get on the train first. It’s just polite,” Ms. Doolan said in disappointment.
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