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Subway Scenes: Priority Not Given To People With Disabilities

subwaysceneAs many DC residents know, the local subway system has launched an etiquette campaign to insure that priority seating is given to the elderly and people with disabilities. The four seats nearest the center doors are clearly marked with “priority seating” signs, including “You don’t have to stand for this” posters. Conductors even read scripted reminders to riders at various stops.

So how is this campaign working out? I snapped a photo of this guy sitting in the priority section (and taking up 2 seats with his bags) – just after an elderly man with a cane limped by.

I gave him the evil eye… he returned the glare.

So I decided to feature him on my blog.

As a physician who works with people with disabilities this really gets my goat.


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4 Responses to “Subway Scenes: Priority Not Given To People With Disabilities”

  1. Isis says:

    This is really not a good thing to know!

  2. KG2V says:

    At least in theory, in NYC, that guy can get a nice ticket

  3. RAEB says:

    Why didn't you say anything? In Canada, we make it a point to calmly and respectfully tell people what they maybe _should_ be doing. He probably doesn't know.

  4. RAEB says:

    Why didn't you say anything? In Canada, we make it a point to calmly and respectfully tell people what they maybe _should_ be doing. He probably doesn't know.

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