Do we have an obligation to give our seats to old/pregnant people?

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Do you believe that it should be a law for people to give up seats for old or pregnant people? I believe so because I am quite disgusted when I'm in a full bus or tube (standing, not sitting) and a poor old person has to stand using all his/her energy to maintain, and with pride not asking for a seat. And what also angers me is that most people sitting are very young students (let's say early 20's) who have this idea of survival of the fittest

What do you guys think?

Edit: I know there are some priority seats (only about 6 in a whole bus) but it is only implied that the seats are for elderly or pregnant, so no one would actually be punished by the law if he did not give the seat away.
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I don't think it should be law, but it should definitely be more encouraged. I agree that it is quite disgusting to see older people standing when younger ones have seats...
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I agree, but you left out the disabled people/people with physical problems For instance, I am 16 and have back problems which means I can't stand for long.
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Yeah, they should put signs up in the tube or buses. Maybe someone will have a heart.
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I'd prefer it if people were more willing to give up their seats for old/disabled/whatever people.

At the same time, I don't believe in making something illegal just because I don't like it. I wouldn't support that law.
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Yes, we do. Because the seats don't belong to us, they belong to the Bus/Tube company, who seem to prefer their seats to be used by the elderly/pregnant/etc as a first priority.
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I don't think it should be a law, you could also say that first come first served should be a law. I always give up a seat anywhere for someone who needs it more than me but unfortunately other people don't always feel the same moral obligation.
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it shouldnt be law no - but people should do it.

With pregnant/old people - we should definately give seats up. But no no to women - they cant have it both ways
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Well not a law...it's common courtesy and respect for others..

I also get annoyed when there are people who don't give up their seats for elderly/disabled people...(I do btw )

But there should definitley be more of an emphasis on thinking about other people and more respect.
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well my girlfriend is 17 and we have kid whos 1 year old but when we get on the bus u gtta see sume of the looks people giving us but we usally stand in the middle. i think a law should be introduced!
hope that when im a lawyer i can introduce something
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Even if it isn't a law, giving up your seat for an elderly person/pregnant lady/lady holding a child ...is just general courtesy.
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yep.

but one thing i dont like is that a friend and i were sitting down on the bus - which was pretty busy and we couldnt move to let an older woman sit down, yet she came up, and squashed on the end of the seat - we couldnt move, and it also made us appear to be rude, when no-one else offered to move anyway, and we couldnt get off of the seat in the first place due to it being busy.
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It depends on the situation, tbh. I've been told to give my seat up, yet am physically disabled and can't stand for long.
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I think making it illegal is slight overkill, however it should be made more prominent. I hate it when I see elderly people standing and younger people sitting because I don't think it is right, especially as I would like someone to give up their seat for any of my elderly relatives. Sometimes though, the people sitting do have a genuine reason for needing a seat. There is also a percentage of elderly people who would probably hate to be offered a seat and would see it as offensive :rolleyes: I don't think anyone can really say what should happen, I think it's more up to the individual to be honest.
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(Original post by WarmEye)
Do you believe that it should be a law for people to give up seats for old or pregnant people? I believe so because I am quite disgusted when I'm in a full bus or tube (standing, not sitting) and a poor old person has to stand using all his/her energy to maintain, and with pride not asking for a seat. And what also angers me is that most people sitting are very young students (let's say early 20's) who have this idea of survival of the fittest

What do you guys think?

Edit: I know there are some priority seats (only about 6 in a whole bus) but it is only implied that the seats are for elderly or pregnant, so no one would actually be punished by the law if he did not give the seat away.
how do you know these young students dont have a condition that means they have to sit down? stop presuming
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No it shouldnt be law.

Personally i think there should be more buses on routes instead of cramming everyone onto one bus or train, forcing all the old dears to stand up in the first place.
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A law? I don't think so. It should just be common courtesy to be honest. It's just good manners.

I'd give my seat up to an elderly person or pregnant woman as they probably need to sit down more than I do!

Although some could argue that the pregnancy is self-inflicted so pregnant women are less deserving of the seat than an elderly person :p:
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(Original post by tom//)
how do you know these young students dont have a condition that means they have to sit down? stop presuming
But not allllllll students have a condition
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On our buses and trains they always say "please give up this seat to someone who needs it more than you"
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(Original post by ~tifa)
Even if it isn't a law, giving up your seat for an elderly person/pregnant lady/lady holding a child ...is just general courtesy.
We shouldn't assume that everyone has courtesies... Which is why I asked whether a law could be made of this.
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