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Late afternoon today, I took MRT to Jurong East while carrying Noe in the babybjorn carrier. Noe was really getting heavy for a carrier! It was unusually crowded for that time of the day. I walked towards the seat intended for "people who need it more than you do". There are two students there, from one of the prestigious junior college. I stood right in front of them. Apparently those two students were a bit annoyed by my presence, hence they were trying hard to avoid any eye contact with me. Hmm.
A while later, I took out my phone, which happened to be a camera phone, to check out my schedules in the calendar. Moments later, the two students seemed panicked, and once the train stopped at the next station they quickly got out of the train.
I overheard them saying:
"Hey, why are we getting off at this station?"
"Did you see that lady? She was going to take our photos because we did not give up the seat!"
I really really hope that this far-from-courteous behaviour is not a common behaviour among JC students, especially from that prestigious school. I mean, they're supposed to be highly educated right? They would continue to university here or abroad or at the ivy league. But do they really need to be bluffed by a cameraphone to give out your seats to the needy? Moreover, I wasn't going to take your photos at all (I was going to get off train only a few station later, so at that time I didn't really need a seat).
I had experienced being denied a seat when I really needed it, when I was nine-month pregnant. But at that time, I sorta accepted the fact that the guy was one uneducated ah-beng, so perhaps I should not expect him to be that courteous.
But JC students? What do they learn in school?
Anyways, pregnant women, here are the tips to get a seat on the train.