Jacqueline Posted August 30, 2016 Share Posted August 30, 2016 I saw on the news that people with hidden health conditions are being offered "Please offer me a seat" badges in a bid to help "ease their suffering" on London transport. This trial follows a "baby on board" badge for pregnant women which was apparently a success. Pregnancy is not really a hidden condition though, unless in the early stages. If a pregnant woman needed a seat, I would offer her mine. She wouldn't need to wear a badge stating the obvious and baby on board does not automatically mean give me your seat, does it? These days people are more wary of offering a seat in case it causes an outbreak of offence! A thousand people have been recruited to wear the latest badges from September 12th. The Mayor of London said he hoped the badges would give confidence to people who find standing difficult. I would like to think (wishfully perhaps) that most people have an innate sense of decency and would offer their seat to someone who clearly needed it. But a badge for someone with a hidden condition could be problematic. Is the badge to be backed up with a verbal request? Otherwise the inevitable question would be why should I give you my seat? Do people want to engage in debate about personal things such as health conditions while on a crowded bus/tube? There will surely be many people who don't know about the scheme although perhaps it is widely publicised in the London area? I would be interested to know what people think about this. Would you give up your seat to someone wearing a badge or is there something patronising or potentially awkward about the idea for both parties? I suppose it does rather depend on the nature of the hidden health condition in that some people are not able to communicate. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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