London TFL - Please offer me a seat badge
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London TFL - Please offer me a seat badge

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Found 24th Jan
Many of our customers, particularly disabled people and those with invisible impairments, conditions or illnesses, find it difficult to get a seat.

The free 'Please offer me a seat' badge and card makes it easier to let other passengers know that you need a seat on buses, underground and trains.
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I've just ordered myself this;

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Having just got back from London ( first time there in years ) . Good luck to any old or disabled persons on London busses. I am fit and active and nowhere near pension age but was flung about multiple times by drivers that set off like a drag racer before you had a chance to get anywhere near a seat.
It says something about us that this badge even exists. I hope it doesn't get any worse.
I think this bag needs a badge
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How is this a deal and why would I need this because I love standing up isn’t it first cum first serve
BigOrkWaaagh6 m ago

Fab, will definitely grab a few of these for me and the lads.



I love the sarcasm

As a person with a not very obvious physical disability but where I have been issued with a Blue Badge after being assessed by Doctors and Occupational Health, standing on an underground train for 30 minutes can be quite difficult (I could fall over) and painful, asking for a seat is embarrassing but you often get, Why
I've just ordered myself this;

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Sometimes people offer me a seat on public transport. I know they mean well but I'm quite fit enough to stand for most trips. I'd rather they offer seats to the more deserving (as I try to do) and besides that - it makes me feel old...
I dont have a disability but do find myself unable to stand for too long on the underground after having had a double transplant and have been asked to give m set nup many times and the looks and comments I get when I have tried to explain why imI not able to would make me re-think giving up my seat again. I never ask someone for their seat though, I just wait for the next train and almost always get one!
BigOrkWaaagh10 m ago

What's wrong with that? You expect people to just say oh ok then?



No, which is why I posted this post about this new Badge.

I've seen seemingly perfectly able bodied travellers completely ignore the elderly or someone with a walking stick, look the other way, do they also have problems or are they just selfish...
Edited by: "Shahie" 24th Jan
It says something about us that this badge even exists. I hope it doesn't get any worse.
polarbaba58 m ago

It says something about us that this badge even exists. I hope it doesn't …It says something about us that this badge even exists. I hope it doesn't get any worse.


Well just wait until a pregnant women dares to wear one. this thread would be ten pages of outrage at the sheer temerity of a woman daring to expect a seat while carrying another human ..
hammers81uk1 h, 25 m ago

I dont have a disability but do find myself unable to stand for too long …I dont have a disability but do find myself unable to stand for too long on the underground after having had a double transplant and have been asked to give m set nup many times and the looks and comments I get when I have tried to explain why imI not able to would make me re-think giving up my seat again. I never ask someone for their seat though, I just wait for the next train and almost always get one!


I'm like yourself in that I don't look like there's anything wrong with me (I'm 29) but I actually have heart issues. Should I get a seat, I'm content but if I don't I can stand for a while no problem.
However a pang of guilt comes over me when I have a seat and someone who looks like they could do with it gets on and I'm just not able to give it up if my heart is playing up.

I do think in situations like that, the badge speaks for itself but equally I wouldn't want to put someone out of their seat for my sake. I think the badge would come on and off quite a lot to be honest.
Saw this some month's ago into last Year ...

I'm glad it's back. :-)
Having just got back from London ( first time there in years ) . Good luck to any old or disabled persons on London busses. I am fit and active and nowhere near pension age but was flung about multiple times by drivers that set off like a drag racer before you had a chance to get anywhere near a seat.
great idea.

i sometimes wonder if i should give up my seat to someone that looks like they need a seat, but i don't want to offend them as it means i think they are too old or too fragile when they are perfectly happy to stand, or don't actually need my seat, so i have given up my seat for nothing.
pooool2 h, 3 m ago

Sometimes people offer me a seat on public transport. I know they mean …Sometimes people offer me a seat on public transport. I know they mean well but I'm quite fit enough to stand for most trips. I'd rather they offer seats to the more deserving (as I try to do) and besides that - it makes me feel old...


You need a "Please DON'T offer me a seat" badge.
HankHandsome40 m ago

Well just wait until a pregnant women dares to wear one. this thread …Well just wait until a pregnant women dares to wear one. this thread would be ten pages of outrage at the sheer temerity of a woman daring to expect a seat while carrying another human ..



There is a Baby on Board Badge, many pregnant women have used them over the years and are easily recognised and without doubt very effective. Many a time I've witnessed someone getting up and offering their seat to a lady with that Badge.
Will parents with kids on seats next to them please take note and offer a seat to a badge holder/elderly/
Just be nice folks. I use tube daily, for commute taking 1hr+, starting out in the sticks, so I always have a seat but look out for others who might need it more than me. Let’s face it, most of use could do with burning off a few extra calories by standing when we can.
juicedtothegills24th Jan

I'm like yourself in that I don't look like there's anything wrong with me …I'm like yourself in that I don't look like there's anything wrong with me (I'm 29) but I actually have heart issues. Should I get a seat, I'm content but if I don't I can stand for a while no problem.However a pang of guilt comes over me when I have a seat and someone who looks like they could do with it gets on and I'm just not able to give it up if my heart is playing up.I do think in situations like that, the badge speaks for itself but equally I wouldn't want to put someone out of their seat for my sake. I think the badge would come on and off quite a lot to be honest.


You need to come to terms with your disability and get over the guilt friend. It has implications for others.
detime3 m ago

Will parents with kids on seats next to them please take note and offer a …Will parents with kids on seats next to them please take note and offer a seat to a badge holder/elderly/


You will like the lady I saw who determinedly barged through the standers on a bus, nabbing a seat and calling to her mid teen son to sit next to her, never mind that several very elderly passengers were boarding just after said son. Raising the next generation by pure example.
ReturnOfTheLindtOverload7 m ago

You will like the lady I saw who determinedly barged through the standers …You will like the lady I saw who determinedly barged through the standers on a bus, nabbing a seat and calling to her mid teen son to sit next to her, never mind that several very elderly passengers were boarding just after said son. Raising the next generation by pure example.

I have had a major stroke and some of the effects are apparent others not so much.
I encounter problems on the tube daily particularly healthy people sitting in allocated disabled seats. I try giving them evils but it doesnt work
Shahie22 m ago

There is a Baby on Board Badge, many pregnant women have used them over …There is a Baby on Board Badge, many pregnant women have used them over the years and are easily recognised and without doubt very effective. Many a time I've witnessed someone getting up and offering their seat to a lady with that Badge.


I thought that was just to advise people that you’re not fat
ezzer722 h, 30 m ago

I've just ordered myself this;[Image]

Wouldnt like to be in front of you in a queue for the lifeboat
ezzer722 h, 30 m ago

I've just ordered myself this;[Image]


Works both ways - you'll be able to sit in the disabled seats once somebody pushes your worthless ass down the stairs.
sJohnson231 m ago

Works both ways - you'll be able to sit in the disabled seats once …Works both ways - you'll be able to sit in the disabled seats once somebody pushes your worthless ass down the stairs.


Haha
sJohnson233 m ago

Works both ways - you'll be able to sit in the disabled seats once …Works both ways - you'll be able to sit in the disabled seats once somebody pushes your worthless ass down the stairs.

Your healthy at the momment l take it.
Well l was an athlete but you never know whats ahead. Hope karma gets you buddy
Last time I was in London I offered my seat to an elderly gentleman, he seemed genuinely shocked that I was even asking but gladly accepted. Im just glad I live up north where people are much friendlier
We are a much more friendly bunch up north.
19DembaBa194 h, 33 m ago

How is this a deal and why would I need this because I love standing up …How is this a deal and why would I need this because I love standing up isn’t it first cum first serve


you want to stand up and do what ?
Shahie2 h, 26 m ago

There is a Baby on Board Badge, many pregnant women have used them over …There is a Baby on Board Badge, many pregnant women have used them over the years and are easily recognised and without doubt very effective. Many a time I've witnessed someone getting up and offering their seat to a lady with that Badge.


Very true, I've observed same/similar too ...

I'm curious though, where do people get, and/or where can one obtain a 'Baby on Board' Badge from also? (or is that one a bit more complex to acquire or something?).
I think this bag needs a badge
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This is pointless IMO. If you need a seat simply ask, I'd be happy to get up; I won't however offer if you don't ask. I won't be scanning everyone's top for a badge - just ask.
polarbaba4 h, 22 m ago

It says something about us that this badge even exists. I hope it doesn't …It says something about us that this badge even exists. I hope it doesn't get any worse.


Having a badge won’t guarantee you a seat it’s people that don’t want to offer the seat that’s the problem. All woman and kids should be sitting down
19DembaBa1931 m ago

Having a badge won’t guarantee you a seat it’s people that don’t want to of …Having a badge won’t guarantee you a seat it’s people that don’t want to offer the seat that’s the problem. All woman and kids should be sitting down


And the elderly need seats too? (which will include both women and men ... )

It's not just/only women and kids that are in need of such assistance?.

(Some men do too?) - or perhaps I'm wrong?.
Edited by: "amour3k" 24th Jan
amour3k17 m ago

And the elderly need seats too? (which will include both women and men ... …And the elderly need seats too? (which will include both women and men ... )It's not just/only women and kids that are in need of such assistance?.(Some men do too?) - or perhaps I'm wrong?.


Elderly have their own seats readymade in the front, so no one needs to stand up for them it’s only Woman and Kids that need sitting down others can stand up
19DembaBa194 m ago

Elderly have their own seats readymade in the front, so no one needs to …Elderly have their own seats readymade in the front, so no one needs to stand up for them it’s only Woman and Kids that need sitting down others can stand up


Fair enough. :-)
mhq11 h, 52 m ago

This is pointless IMO. If you need a seat simply ask, I'd be happy to get …This is pointless IMO. If you need a seat simply ask, I'd be happy to get up; I won't however offer if you don't ask. I won't be scanning everyone's top for a badge - just ask.


I'm so glad everyone is like you Next time your on a packed train on the London underground, ask for a seat...
You'll then understand why a Badge will perhaps help, not always, as some people just don't care about anyone but themselves.
Im sick of offering my seat to pregnant women only for them to mouth off about how theyre not pregnant just fat
Edited by: "hooray.henry" 24th Jan
19DembaBa192 h, 10 m ago

Having a badge won’t guarantee you a seat it’s people that don’t want to of …Having a badge won’t guarantee you a seat it’s people that don’t want to offer the seat that’s the problem. All woman and kids should be sitting down


Kids I understand but why all women?
I think just simply being considerate is enough, if someone possibly may require a seat then offer, and not be aloof to those who may be shy to ask.
Avoiding eye contact, avoiding making chit chat etc all contribute to making it harder to ask for a seat.
19DembaBa191 h, 52 m ago

Elderly have their own seats readymade in the front, so no one needs to …Elderly have their own seats readymade in the front, so no one needs to stand up for them it’s only Woman and Kids that need sitting down others can stand up



Why do kids need to have a seat? Surely they are the ones most able to stand. And why are women less able to stand than men?
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