McIntosh, Deanne
February 2004
Bulletin with Newsweek;2/17/2004, Vol. 122 Issue 6408, p29
The article presents an experience of the author during her pregnancy period. The experience taught her that hardened big-city commuters and excitable schoolies mostly don't offer their seat to a pregnant woman. Her first trip was taken during morning peak hour on a bus crammed with school kids. As more adults boarded the bus, no children offered their seats, not even to an elderly man whom she was tempted to stand for. All the seat-holders studiously avoided catching her eye, but she soon realised her fellow standees were avidly watching to see if someone would give up their seat. When the train cleared, she got a seat, but then discovered another annoying thing, commuters hate sitting in the middle of train seats built for three people. She had to ask (forcefully) twice during her train travels for people to move over as they clearly preferred her to squeeze through to the middle seat, which simply wasn't an option.


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