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Re: “Seating courtesy still being ignored,” Sept. 15.


I’m all for being more courteous in public transit, and will move to allow two people to sit together, and so on. But the real rule should be that if you need a seat and aren’t getting one, you should ask.


Sure, stereotyping saves time. But how is it courteous to assume that someone with grey hair is elderly, a fat woman is pregnant, a person who considers themselves ablebodied yet uses a mobility device is in need of special care? I’ve seen riders offer seats to people who might be in need, yet they vociferously refuse it. Is this because they truly don’t need it, or because they don’t like the solicitous treatment? Maybe those people hiding behind their newspapers are working out which action would offend less.


 
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