Priority seats are there for a reason

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I hope the able-bodied gentleman, and I use the term loosely, who refused to give up his priority seat to my disabled daughter who uses a walking stick on the Metro from Haymarket to the coast around 5pm on Tuesday, June 10, is pleased with himself.

Not only did he refuse to give up the seat, he and a group of fit and healthy other young people standing around him verbally abused my daughter as she got off the Metro to wait for the next train.

The old saying of not knowing how someone feels unless you walk a mile in their shoes is very apt.

These people have no idea what it is like to get up each morning and go through the day in constant pain. Having to take a cocktail of drugs in order to go to work and earn a living.

It is bad enough that these fit people take up priority seats, which are clearly designated for the use of elderly, disabled and mothers with young children.

But then to not give them up when a designated person gets on, and then refuse when asked to let them be used by the people they are intended for beggars belief.

I myself have found the other side of the coin with young people offering up their seats when older people are standing but then I travel rarely during rush hour.

As I say, he and his cohorts know who they are as do the other people who continued to sit in that carriage and let my daughter be verbally abused.

Shame on all of you.

And shame on the Metro system, which never has anyone policing the priority seats.

Val Smith

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