Saturday I received some abuse from three women who got on the bus, because I was in the priority seating and that it was “Fucking Disgusting” that I was taking up the seating for them.
Do you know what this is? This is a Priority seating required card. This was made by Brighton and Hove bus company because they were horrified about the amount of disabled and physically struggling people that were being abused on busses.
The people who did this were very loud in informing everyone that it was disgusting that young people were taking up the valuable seats. Now I’m going to point out a few things that were wrong. I’m appalled that its come down to this, but I am so upset with the situation.
1) I’m not actually a young person. I’m close to 30 now, but thank you for the compliment. No wonder that young people actually get upset over the older generations though, by the way you treated them.
2) After your comments we did shout how we are entitled to sit in this seat, but your sarcastic smile didn’t help the situation. Instead an apology would have been nice.
3) You were moving far faster than I ever have been able to. Maybe it was a good day for you, I don’t know. But assuming someone’s physical needs based solely on age is pretty pathetic.
4) Finally, as well as needing a priority seat I often do need a care giver with me. Saturday was one of those days. My partner is also a qualified carer and was entitled to sit with me. Also, should mention that he has massive joint problems too and that also entities him to sit in the priority seating, but that’s not the point.
For the benefit of new readers, this is what myself and (one of my) partners looks like.
Now I would like to finally say one thing. I sometimes have to use the bus as transport. I have to use the closest seating (especially recently since I do not have my stick). I have arthritis, a busted spine and I’m also epileptic. This is only a tiny amount of the physical issues that I have, which leaves me in a lot of discomfort through out my day to day activities.
If you are one of those people who “have a go at young people”, I hope that you reevaluate your actions. There are 10000s of people with hidden/not obvious illnesses, and you attacking them is just as bad as you attacking someone with obvious physical issues.
Please share this around to as many places as possible, there are many people affected by actions such as this and are often treated poorly. I know I am not the only person out there who has been shouted at because of assumptions.
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