I’m going to share an incident which, in one form or another, happened many times when I used to use public transportation.
On this particular day, I was on the bus when an elderly woman boarded. She asked me for my seat.
“I’m sorry,” I said, “but I have to stay seated. I have a physical disability.”
She didn’t believe me.
“You’re not disabled. You just don’t want to give me your seat.”
Well, next thing I knew, almost everyone on the bus was commenting on how bad my manners were, and what a liar I was.
They were quite vocal and vehement in their judgement, their criticism, their condemnation of me.
“There’s nothing wrong with her. She’s just lazy.”
“Young people today have no respect for their elders.”
I was embarrassed… and angry.
I spoke up.
“I’m not lazy, and I’m not a liar. I really do have a physical handicap, and I’m not able to stand on a moving bus. And while you’ve been criticizing me, not one of you has offered this lady a seat. So what are you, handicapped, or hypocrites?”