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Pushy Bus Lady Falls Down

Babysugar Diaries: Karma Comes Back With a Vengeance

This morning started off like any other Tuesday morning. Bundled up in the San Francisco chill, I walked up to my bus stop and saw the crazy lady who recently pushed me to ensure she attained the first seat available. I've seen her encounter a few close calls with the bus, as she is prone to throw herself in front of the massive beast to make it stop for her. Only this morning, her aggressive nature came back to bite her on the bum.

As expected, she made a bee-line for the doors, but instead of stepping up, she fell flat on her back and landed between the bus and the curb like a cockroach on its deathbed. Other patrons quickly lent helping hands, though there were many eye rolls and sighs as I am sure they thought the same thing I did: karma is a . . . well, you know.

Ambling onto the bus with torn pantyhose, she sat down and finished painting her face. The lady sitting next to her graciously offered me her seat. I told her I would manage, but appreciated her kindness. I said, "In five months of pregnancy, I just want to thank you for being the first to offer me your seat. If things get hairy, I might take you up on it, but for now I am fine."

As the months progress and my tummy expands, I'm tempted to tally the number of offers I get. So far, one and counting.


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Pencils Pencils 9 years
I'm eight months pregnant, and I get offered seats on NYC's subway all the time. Not every time, though. Recently, I was waiting for the doors to open, standing next to a short, bald man for a couple of minutes. He couldn't have missed my pregnant belly. When the doors opened, I saw that there was a seat on the bench one in from the door. The seat was closer to me. The bald guy stepped around me and dove into the seat. I was angry--I don't mind standing if there aren't any seats, but come one, you don't rush to beat the slower-moving preggo to the open seat! I said, "THANKS!" in a very sarcastic voice to the guy, who wouldn't look at me. The girl sitting next to him (next to the door) immediately stood and insisted I take her seat, next to the bald jerk. So I sat down and glared at the guy all the way to my stop. Hee! He wouldn't look at me.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
It always amazes me how able-bodied people pretend not to see the pregnant woman standing in front of them and refuse to give up their seats. I usually stand, but if I see a pregnant woman, I often say "Miss, do you need a seat?" in a LOUD but friendly tone, loud enough to embarass the people near her to give up their seat. HA.
blackjade blackjade 9 years
I'm 9 months pregnant and the only people who've offered me a seat (on the bus, BART, in Barnes and Noble, in the waiting area restaurant) have been other women and young (teenage) guys (on a few occasions complete with gold teeth). It's the people you assumed should know better (middle-aged guys in suits, etc) that just lift their newspaper a little higher and pretend they don't see you. *sigh*
Evalicious Evalicious 9 years
I'd give mine up to you! I hated the fact that people can see a heavily preggers woman and not offer! The only ones that ever did for me were women with kids, and old people.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Baby, you can have my seat anytime!
sofi sofi 9 years
wow- I was wondering about the crazy lady! I wonder what kind of "sign" or karma it will take for her to wake up and realize how rude and inconsiderate she can be? I would definitely take a tally. It shouldn't be too difficult considering this is the first time in 5 months. Let's hope that a bigger belly= more consideration. Lol- now you have me thinking about research and graphs to tally this up as you progress. Sorry, :oops: my inner research geek is shining through this morning :nerdgirl:
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 9 years
That's so funny and she deserves it for what she did to you. I'm glad someone finally offered their seat to you. I'm sure as you get bigger that one will multiply.
foxie foxie 9 years
Um... she sounds kinda crazy to me. Not the "wow what a beyotch" crazy, but the "oh, what a shame" crazy. IS she??
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
That's too funny! And it is really sad that people don't offer you seats on a freakin' daily basis. What is wrong with people?
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
thats good to know babysugar im sure you would have, which is great because i bet it was funny as hell but why stoop to her level im sure she learned her lesson, kudos to you babysugar i hope and wish you the best with your pregnancy, i think you are having a boy i know sounds crazy but from everything you put out there that what it sounds like :wink:
babysugar babysugar 9 years
pinkprincess1101, I learned my lesson last time and stayed far back enough from her to be within reaching distance to help her. But I would have if I had been close enough to do so.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
i second that brandelwoman my son at five does this its funny because he knows mommy goes first sisters next and then daddy and then he is last we tell him he does before daddy but he says no daddy is older
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
Yeah, people aren't really considerate of pregnant ladies unless they've been through it. We need to bring chivalry back in our boys and teach them to give up their seats to ladies and most especially pregnant ones.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
i hope you offered a hand because again pay back is a bitch, i mean yes that was rude what she did to you especially being pregnant but why stoop to her level
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
that's so horrible!
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