Crutches? What Crutches?

Written by Man On Crutches on March 3rd, 2009



34 Comments so far ↓

  1. deb with ms says:


    while alot of the pictures posted are MOST LIKELY non handicapped persons, lets not forget those of us with INVISIBLE DISABILITIES.
    i have ms. i look fine. i dont use any assitance devices. but there are times where i have such overwhelming fatigue i can barely think. there are also times my muscles are so weak i can barely walk. BUT TO SEE ME SITTING SOMEWHERE I WOULD LOOK NORMAL.


    i personally would give up a seat to someone who obviously needs it more than me.
    but then again…. i dont use public transportation.

    why dont you just ask someone to move??

  2. Michael Kent says:

    Is that Phil Donahue!?

  3. john joe says:

    Could you take a photograph of yourself in typical train-wear? That way we can view what kind of a snap judgment these seated folks are making.

  4. r1 says:

    deb with ms said :”why dont you just ask someone to move??”
    That’s the point man.

    “Priority seating” means that you can ask someone without disability to give you his seat and he has to.

    People in those seats should not be watchin around, looking for people with crutches so they can politely offer their seat. Though it would be very kind of them.

    I don’t like the way you blame these people for not treating you like a different person.

    Either you want the seat and you ask for it or you rather take pictures of random people while standing on your crutches.

  5. Ahugga says:

    So, dude, if you are a disabled person, and want to sit, just fucking ask the person who sits on “your” seat. If there is no disabled person, there is no reason for not-sitting-down there. and if there is one, he should be able to tell.

  6. Max says:

    In some of those pictures, there is clearly a seat open. Why don’t you sit in one of those, or ask them to get up you whiney bitch? use a little initiative, instead of being passive aggressive on the internet.

  7. jane jaquelyn jones says:

    I think those pictures were amusing.
    I think you could ask for someone to move in the future if you are not passive aggressive.
    I think the it is true that there are hidden disabilities.
    I also think is someone sitting in the disabilities chairs sees someone get on with crutches they should get off their buts and move.
    Entertaining Shots?
    Is that Phil Donahue?

  8. Amber says:

    Why don’t get mad at people when you have a real disability. You are wearing a walking leg cast. It’s not like you are missing a leg or something. My brother is an amputee and people always offer him a seat.

  9. Legs Sadovsky says:

    I think he is just making a social observation. People are stupid and that’s that. I know that if i see anyone older than I am or looking tired, I offer them my seat. REGARDLESS of how tired I am. It’s called human compassion, it is supposed to be one thing we have different from other animals. Other than that humans are selfish beasts, including myself, although i try to have some fucking compassion and thought of anothers well being, we all are the same species.


    If I was disabled or on crutches and people didn’t move for me, I would feel like a fucking ASSHOLE if I tried to make them move.

    who is in for boycotting the human species?

  10. sydney says:


  11. Nanette says:

    People who sit in priority seating should not have to be asked to move. They take on the responsibility of staying alert and being courteous when they choose to sit there. If you want to sleep, read, or otherwise be unaware and uncooperative, sit somewhere else. Why should he have to ask for something that already practically has his name on it? Should you have to stop and ask a person sitting in the emergency seat of an airplane to perform the correct action in an emergency situation? No, they should do it automatically because they accepted the resposibility when they sat there.

    If people who were not handicapped moved when they were supposed to, we would assume that the ones who did not move had a good reason for being there. Like MS.

  12. Gerard says:

    I agree with whoever says that this guy shouldn’t ASK for people to move for them.

    Why? Let’s look at it like this…It says “Priority Seating” for handicapped people (walking with a crutch counts as a disability in my opinion because I went through that and it wasn’t easy). There are handicap parking spaces, right? People without a handicap license plate can’t park in them. Imagine if they did – handicapped people would need to find whoever parked in their spot and ask them to move…

    You might say it’s not the same thing for a seat in a subway. I say it’s more similar than you think. Look at the people reading, sleeping, and looking in the opposite direction. If they can’t see a handicapped person, then they won’t know they need to move. This is the same as if someone parks in a handicap parking space.

    Bottom line: If you’re going to sit in a handicap seat, look around every so often to see if someone needs a seat. That’s called “awareness,” and it’s probably the biggest difference between intelligent people and unintelligent people.

  13. boxy says:

    This has happened to me heaps of times. I had a massive cast on my entire lower leg because I broke my foot – jam packed buses, guess who had to stand. At uni one day on crutches due to another incident. Again, left standing.

    The other day my [pregnant] fiancee and I were on a bus. It was pretty full, including some obnoxious teen girls on school holidays sitting in the priority seating. They didn’t get up, but we coped with that, we’re pretty humble, but I was appalled at how many elderly, disabled and less mobile people got on and not only did these girls not give up their seats, they gave them disgusting glares like ‘ew that guy is old. yuk.’

    I cant stand these people. Also, I have a type of epilepsy where my seizures are triggered by fatigue and stress, so after a long hard day at work I need to sit down lest have a fit, so I do understand about invisible disabilities.

    I agree completely with Nanette.

    Im glad Im not the only one whos sick of these selfish knobs.

  14. camilaC says:

    this is stupid

  15. Bob says:

    Everyone who is criticizing this persons pictures is probably a guilty asshole in sitting in the seating or parking in handicapped spaces themselves. FUCK all of you!

  16. Mike says:

    Nah, people who need the seat should ask.
    I use public transport all the time and I’m often sitting in a priority seat. I give up my seat if I notice someone needs it, but there are times when I’m reading a book, or listening to music, or simply day dreaming and I don’t notice.
    People shouldn’t have to keep up complete vigilance when they sit in these seats, to expect people to do that is to expect everyone to be thinking of other people ALL THE TIME and that will never happen.

    So next time mate, just say ‘Excuse me, do you mind if I sit down?’. Because you putting up this website is more rude than people not giving up a seat, if you haven’t asked them.

  17. C-Rock says:

    Uhhhhhhhhhh,you could, you know be assertive rather than a passive aggressive ninny. Especially in the case where someone is in the middle seat, you can’t call someone an asshole when you are too big of a pussy to sit down next to them.

  18. lozzzzzzzzz says:

    could you not just ask for a seat?

  19. Dirt says:

    youre a fucking bitch. If your enabled enough to take a photo of some dudes sitting in “your seat” you not disabled enough to demand that seat.


  20. Charlie says:

    Half of those people probably didnt realise they were sitting in a priority seat. Lets face most people on the tube arnt very attentive and a crappy little sign when your trying not to sit on people and daydreaming isnt going to grab your attention unless you have to deal with discomfort in standing all the time. If you have a disability and need to sit down then of course you look out for whos in what seat; but if your not then you dont think about it. Simple as. I’m sure if you asked politely and explained then theyd be happy to get up for you. Just have a bit of faith in people and dont be such an odd bitch taking covert photos. You think your the James Bond of crutches?

  21. Bah says:

    If you can stand on your crutches and take pictures of random people sitting in the disability seats, i think you can go and sit your ass at a regular seat.. Moron!
    If you can walk around with crutches, I don’t think you neither have to use the disability seats..

  22. reaper says:

    if you want a seat, ask for it.

  23. Elisa says:

    just ask the fuckers to move, derh. you’re the lazy one who can’t ask a simple favor i’m sure any person wouldn’t mind doing.

  24. heather says:

    people are such assholes, aren’t they? i’ve noticed that same thing a lot–people in priority seating that don’t get up when someone disabled gets on. i hate new york.

  25. jaystraw says:

    Just ask for your seat.. most of those ppl aren’t being rude.. they’re unaware that they are sitting in “your” seat. So just ask

  26. Slrman says:

    This is not like the disabled parking spaces where someone will leave their car and just take the spot. At least these people can be asked to move or do so voluntarily.

    If they are just being jerks, then they can be helped in that by jerking them out of the seat and tossing them out of the bus or train.

  27. Krista says:

    I have to agree with Deb that you can’t tell someone’s disability just by looking. I look young and healthy, but am unable to stand up for more than a few minutes without passing out. I’m sure not everyone pictured has a situation similar to mine, but you really can’t tell. If I were healthy, and noticed someone on crutches, pregnant or elderly, I would surely offer them my seat no matter where I was sitting.

  28. Whaaaaaa says:

    So wait, do you just go around with a cast on and crutches to see who won’t move for your fake problem? From now on I will always look for a guy on crutches holding a camera, then I’ll kick out his knees.

  29. Joe Blogs says:

    did you ask the people if you could sit down? or did you just look at them and assume that decent people would get up and let you have their seat?

    for all you know, they might think that you would prefer to stand.

  30. ...-points at pictures- says:

    Uh, yeah, there are still empty seats around. i can see them in the picks. of course people wont move for you when there are other seats. for you to sit. now IF there was no other seats around, i think someone would have offered up his/her seat for you or any other person who needed it more.

  31. Buff says:

    Disabilites can not be seen, anyone of those people can claim the seat just by stating they have a disability.
    Did you ask them to yield the seat before taking their picture?
    You are not entitled to the seat unless you express your want for the seat and that you have a disability.
    Get a life.

  32. way to go says:

    I was happy to hear that the MTA will begin to ticket people who don’t give up their disabled seats. Due to an accident I have had a broken foot and arm cast for the past 6 months. I am a walking advertisement for health insurance. During my 10 subway trips a week on average I get a seat twice. That is 20% of the time people.

    Sadly, I often find that it is women and senior citizens that will offer a seat. I decided to call 311 and make a complaint every time I did’t get a seat. I guess that 311 thing may actually work.

    For those who refuse to give up a seat I have a few comments I like to use depending on the offending individual. Feel free to use them:

    For the person who makes eye contact and then raises the paper higher-“excuse me is your name sean? No, why? Because you remind me of my 3 year old nephew who thinks that if you can’t see something it no longer exists.”

    For all the people on the bus who don’t give up the priority seats “uhm, bus driver, If I can’t get a priority seat I feel most secure standing in the door well. Oh, you can’t move the bus when I stand there? Wow, that is going to make a lot of people late for work…..”

    For all those people staring around blankly while I try and balance on one foot and hold the rail with my only available hand? I like to make myself cough in their direction. Since I only have one hand ooops, I can’t cover my mouth. This strategy has become very effective since the swine flu outbreak.

    It takes so little effort to be polite and aware. Please consider you may be tired but the person asking for your seat is probably exhausted bc everything they do is harder. I am just thankful that my situation is temporary. I feel for those with disabilities that have to face these challenges for a lifetime.

  33. chris says:

    Biggest surprise is the backlash the photographer on crutches got here.
    Most subway riders who really need a seat can spot the likely mark who will give theirs up if asked nicely. I was once carrying way too much stuff, including a vase full of water/flowers. I didn’t want the seat of the guy I was standing over, but couldn’t hold onto the overhead rail. I asked, “Could you hold this for me?” (the flowers). He just got up and gave me the seat, no biggie.
    My mom has a disability that most people wouldn’t notice. When she first arrived in the city from Germany she was 27 and was out walking in the city when her shoe came untied. She doesn’t have the ability to reach that particular foot herself. She walked up to a cop, and in her limited English asked, “Will you tie my shoe please?” He did, no questions asked. She later figured he must have assumed she was mentally handicapped.

  34. anon says:

    quit your bitching, a few of those people left the disability seats next to them open, you couldve sat the fuck down.

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