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it is illegal to take pictures on the NYC MTA!
this is AMAZING!!!
Well done men, these people do not desearve respect cause they dont respect others, so i say : well done!!
These are “priority” seats not “reserved” if there is no handicap man in the room no shame to sit!
sorry about my first comment, i just read the author note and the title of the blog!!!
i totally agree with you!
@rex: interesting… why should this be illegal?
Way to go, jerks of the world!! I can’t help but root for absolutely shameless people when they’re being assholes in the face of this whiny blowhard and his overblown ego who would rather go through all this effort to publish a glorified guilt trip instead of requesting a spot like someone in real need would do.
Only thing worse than not getting up for someone in need is this psuedo-cripple indignantly eyeballing unsuspecting individuals and snapping pictures of them instead of simply asking for a spot.
How the hell are you so sure these individuals aren’t suffering from a disability: an incurable disease that isn’t as apparent as a pair of crutches and a needy ego that isn’t receiving the satisfactory amount of pity required to keep it inflated?!
You must not be in too much pain if you’re going through all this effort to whine on the WWW. May you break your other leg and have a real reason to bitch, you Weenie!!!
WHY shouldn’t I sit there if there ain’t no handicapped around retard?
I LOVE BACON!
Posted by a whiny bitch! Shut up loser
Lool so much anger on each side. Peeps gotta chill out.
Just seen this via the Guardian Guide – genius idea. I can’t believe people don’t give up disabled seats!
I don’t blame you for not asking them to move – some of them look really rather stabby.
Fuckin’ good website
Great pics too!
Having experience the same situation in others country, I have to say non-respectful people are the same everywhere. Your way of making them shameful is great. Keep doing your great job.
Bro quit your bitching. Most of these pictures are of people sitting in one of three seats, with the other two being OPEN. Unless your crutches are 3 feet wide and attached to your hips, you could definitely fit in those spaces. Just because it says priority seating does not mean its handicapped seating. If it was handicapped seating it would say handicapped seating. Stop looking for people to pity you and grow a pair. Just because you’re socially inadequate and can’t ask people to move doesn’t mean you should make a website dedicated to social awkwardness. Get over yourself.
“…How the hell are you so sure these individuals aren’t suffering from a disability: an incurable disease that isn’t as apparent as a pair of crutches…”
I think if they didn’t need crutches, there’s no real reason for them to be prioritized now is there?
How do YOU know if a handicapped person hasn’t asked them? These assh013s don’t look like they would even care
What amuses me is there are sides! I can hardly believe there are angry people here arguing that the able bodied have a right to continue sitting in a seat while someone with an obvious physical handicap stands next to them. Probably the same people who believe they have a right to park in disabled bays because they are “in a hurry”. Very sad.
Just for the record, it is NOT illegal to take photos in the subway. Common misconception (even by the police). It’s been widely tested. Public place = you can take photos.
Give me a break. Just ask them. I assure you, 100%, that they’ll get up. If they didn’t, then you can take their picture.
So what, you’re supposed to be always looking around for handicapped persons?
GROW A PAIR AND ASK LOSER!
What about those of us who don’t have a visible disability? I have a congenital heart defect, which results in two things: A) I get extremely exhausted very easily (and I don’t mean “i’m tired from work” tired. I mean, “I’ve had mono and this feels 100 times worse tired”) and B) I faint very easily.
Do you want me to flash you my medic alert tag to sit in those seats?
I don’t think they’re doing anything wrong unless you ask them to move.
That’s how the seating on buses near me are.
Photographer, you are doing the right thing exposing apathy. Hopefully one of them will see their picture and chance their ways.
After living in central africa for 6 years these things disgust me. You with your “luxury problems” should just get the balls to ask rather then sheepishly take pictures. If you’ve go to a country where “priority seating” is unheard of, then you might not whine and complain about this.. Try using a wheelchair on a sand road. Raise awareness for that, rather than your selfish needs. Good luck in life mate.
this is a really great project, whatever the moral implications are, it’s interesting
It’s quite interesting to see that the way US people misbehave on the priority seat is completely same in Japan. Very funny blog and I support you. Keep going!
By the way, your blog is getting well-known among Japanese net users. FYI.
You are a douche who deserved to stand.
wow, great post. all must read this.
I stumbled upon this site and it’s really interesting! I think about this all the time when I’m on the DC metro.
Oh good for you! I love this.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people take disabled seats when others are available, or how they refuse to look up or get up when someone disabled or elderly is standing in front of them.
Expose ’em all!
Good job. Expose this mess; somebody needs to.
Me? I always give up my seat to those who need it. Maybe I’m old fashioned. 😛
Kudos, man. People like that deserve to be shamed. I take public transit all the time, and SO many times people just pretend not to see the pregnant woman, person with a disability or elderly person so they don’t have to get off their ass. Sure, there are people with invisible disabilities, but my guess is that the majority of people who don’t bother to stand are perfectly fine.
I’ve been on both sides of this equation. I’ve had many surgeries on my knee, and when you’re on crutches or in a wheelchair, it seems like you’re invisible. I will ask people to kindly move though.
Now however, post-crutches, I look like a normal person, but my knee is incredibly weak. A hard jerk of the subway or bus, and I will plummet to the floor if I’m not holding on to something. Trust me, it’s happened, and I’ve had many a drunk homeless person or glib businessman laugh their ass off at me without bothering to help me up. I can barely walk while a train or bus is moving without losing my balance. If there is a seat open, I’m going to take it. But if I see someone with crutches, I’ll make an attempt to move.
I think both sides need to understand. Crutches suck and it’s only common sense to let someone sit that needs the seat more than you.
But those with disabilities–don’t automatically assume that “normal”-looking individuals aren’t in the same situation or the same amount of pain that you’re in.
Boo hoo. You broke a foot, you fucking vagina. I knew guys in the Army who had legs blown off. Can you stop with the self-pity and suck it up, you little bitch? You’re not disabled, you’re injured, god-damn ninny.
All the anonymous trolls here don’t really have any education from their homes. When your elder mother enters a bus don’t you wish some 20-30 year old to give her his seat so see is can have a better trip?
Respecting other people and caring for them is not weakness you stupid.
It blows my mind, the number of people attacking YOU for whining about this. Are they so wrapped up in their own selfish little lives that they don’t realize this isn’t about you – it’s about everyone with a disability who gets on the subway? This is the problem with society today. Most of us are completely unwilling to ever look at things from a different perspective.
I applaud your efforts. Keep trying to change the world.
That pic is so damn funny!
Did you actually ask anyone if you could sit in the seat?
Hurting your foot doesn’t necessarily make you disabled, even if you’re on crutches. I’d probably move for you, but then it seems like you manage just fine.
I also wonder if you come off as a bit of a jerk. The type of personality that’s willing to make a web site like this is pretty likely to come off as a jerk. I’d say there’s a good chance you’re just doing this for attention.
An interesting experiment would be to travel with an elderly woman, or a pregnant woman accompanying another child, and see if they are treated differently.
Say something to them! Ask them to get up and make them be aware of the seating.
I didn’t even know that those seats were reserved. I never paid attention to the stickers. They need to look different and be larger then the other stickers then others would maybe pay attention.
Whoa. I’ve worked in disability services for about seven years, and ridden buses most my life. And people are jerks. They don’t move for pregnant women, the elderly, the visibly disabled, let alone the invisibly disabled. My blind mother has been screamed at for getting out at a handicapped parking spot because she didn’t “look” disabled. She responded, “Well, I’d say you didn’t look like an a$$hole, but still managed to be one, but I’m blind, so I’m just guessing.”
One open seat isn’t also inherently accessible to someone on crutches. I’ll need more room than that to belt in a wheelchair.
It isn’t a matter of “growing a pair and asking.” You shouldn’t HAVE to ask. The only people who need to ask are people who aren’t visibly disabled.
I suspect the author of this blog is injured, and has gotten a taste of what disability is like every day, and is rightfully indignant. People who live their lives in wheelchairs don’t bother to right about it, because unfortunately, they live with it every day and likely have bigger battles to fight. I thank the author for bringing this to the public.
The author of this blog is an attention-seeking, bitching, petty little jerk.
Taking pictures like some dirty voyeur instead of, I don’t know, _asking_ people for a seat? Did you ever think people don’t notice you because they have something on their mind – maybe, just maybe, you’re not the only person on the planet with a problem?
Did you ever consider you’re taking picture of a person whose disability merely isn’t as obvious as yours? With blindness, prosthetic leg, fucking cancer? Or do you only care about your fucking crutches and fuck the rest of the world?
I’m especially pissed off at you taking pictures of people next to vacant priority seats. Obviously, you crave being wronged and offended, and if reality is different, to hell with reality.
Man, never mind your crutches. You’re more seriously disabled in your brain.
You’re most pathetic, most pugnant excuse for human shit I’ve ever come across. You make me physically ill.
I hope someday someone takes that camera of yours and shoves it up your ass. If it will fit, with your head already deep in there.
I honestly believe that you would like these patrons to remain in these seats so that you can continue to stand on this soapbox and identify as this victim character. If your concern was truly getting a seat on the subway, you’d simply ask for it. It’s the most simple and logical response to your concern. Attempting to make people feel guilty by taking photos of their inconsideration is not going to inspire anyone to help those who are overtly disabled, and shows that you are more concerned with your image than what you overtly complain about. I also believe that you are choosing to show only those people that don’t get up for you, and are not photographing or bringing to light those that do. You are creating propagnada here.
You fail to recognize that you yourself are failing to empathize with the non-handicapped people sitting in those seats. I think it would be more inconsiderate to assume that someone else needs something from me because they appear handicapped. I would feel like a dick for saying, or implying, “oh, do you need this?” You are offended that no one is paying any heed to your disability, but you fail to see that many of these people are doing so because they don’t wish to treat you like a disabled person.
If you want something in life, ask for it. People will respect you for it, because its a courageous thing to admit you need help. No one is “entitled” to anything. Not kings or people with crutches.
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