Seat Shame! How Many Londoners Do You Think Give Up Theirs?

A heavily pregnant journalist took a hidden camera onto the Tube to shame commuters for not giving up their seats. And can we just say, we are in SHOCK! Miri Michaeli Schwartz took to social media to complain how she has spent nine months visibly wearing a ‘Baby on Board’ badge on her commute to work, and still fellow passengers rarely gave their seat up. Tired and fed up of being forced to stand, the mum-to-be took a covert camera onto the London Underground network to film just how bad the situation really was.

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She claims that she had originally thought that the ‘Baby on Board’ badges were a really good idea – particularly for those who are suffering from morning sickness but who do not have a very big bump. How else are people to know? Buuutttt, as time passed – Miri is now 38 weeks pregnant meaning there’s absolutely no way of ignoring her huge bump (with a cute little baby girl inside of it!) – “I can tell you – London Tube commuters just don’t care” she writes.

The video was filmed in a day and at no point does she approach a passenger and ask them for a seat. In the opening section, a woman can be seen helping a child (that is sitting in a priority seat) to do his homework, as Schwartz stands nearby. Schwartz wrote: “I think the first woman in the video, doing homework with her child on the Jubilee line, missed a chance to teach him a much more valuable lesson – how to respect others and be a little less selfish.” That’s them told…Later in the clips, two passengers in priority seats awkwardly avoid eye contact with Schwartz, staring down at their phones. Subtle. At the end of the footage Miri can be heard profusely thanking a young man wearing a scarf, who finally gives up his seat for her! WELL DONE YOUNG MAN – everyone else…you should be ashamed of yourself!

London friends,Almost 9 months of commuting in the tube with the “Baby on board” badge have come to an end.At first I thought it is a brilliant London invention. How will other people know it’s not easy traveling with morning sickness if I don’t yet have a real big baby bump? Proudly and happily I wore my badge, hoping people will notice and offer me the priority seat when I need it. That didn’t happen. Then, I thought Londoners get up only for ladies who are later on in their pregnancy. I was frustrated I don’t “look pregnant” enough. That fact did not change how pregnant I felt. It was awful.Now, from the top of 38 weeks of pregnancy, when there’s absolutely no way to ignore my huge bump (with a cute little baby girl inside of it!), I can tell you- London tube commuters just don’t care. That’s why I decided today to take a hidden camera with me in order to show you how one day of my life looks, standing sometimes for long periods of time on the tube, swollen, exhausted and afraid of sudden brakes. Commuters see me, they see my bump, sometimes even stare but don’t get up, even if they are getting off of the train at the next station or are seating in the priority seat with a sticker of a pregnant lady as a reminder above their heads.I already know how people look when they try to act like they haven’t seen me. The newspaper is held up a little higher, the phone comes out, headphones are placed in ears or sometimes.. they stare at my bump and just don’t care.I think the first woman in the video, doing homework with her child on the Jubilee line, missed a chance to teach him a much more valuable lesson- how to respect others and be a little less selfish.Where I grew up, ever since I can remember myself my mother would get up herself and make me stand up if a person who needs the seat more got on the bus. It was so clear to me this is how it should work. No badge needed.Once in a while there are a few righteous people on the tube, as you can see at the end of the video clip. Unfortunately, they are not the majority. Transport for London

Posted by Miri Michaeli Schwartz on Thursday, February 4, 2016


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