Why I stood up to selfish pas­sen­gers

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Letters -

I con­sider my­self a Lon­doner but I have been liv­ing and work­ing in Ed­in­burgh for the past three years. After a re­cent trip back to Lon­don, I took a train to Gatwick to catch my flight and the pas­sen­gers were packed in like sar­dines.

A woman in her 90s was look­ing around in the hope that some­one would of­fer her a seat. When no one did, I said: ‘Ex­cuse me, would any­one mind giv­ing this lady a seat?’ A num­ber of peo­ple glanced in my di­rec­tion but then went back to their smart­phones.

I spoke up a sec­ond time, this time a bit more loudly, only to be shouted at by a young man, who told me that if the woman wanted a seat she could ask for it her­self.

An­other per­son told me to shut up as I was ru­in­ing the jour­ney. It was only after I pressed the point that a man, who ear­lier that day had run the Lon­don Marathon, of­fered his seat.

I’m due to move back to Lon­don soon and sin­cerely hope that this is not what the city has be­come like. This isn’t some­thing I could imag­ine hap­pen­ing in Scot­land, where, in my ex­pe­ri­ence, seats are al­ways given up for those who need them more. Ja­son An­drade, Ed­in­burgh

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