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Confronting photo of elderly woman on train triggers debate – what would you do?

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A Sydney man’s Facebook post has polarised the online community after sharing a photo of an elderly lady standing on a train while young commuters sit.

The photo was shared by Daniel Williams to a Bondi community Facebook group. He said it is not his photo, and is not sure if it was taken in Sydney.

“Not sure if this is Sydney, but I’ve seen it before in Sydney all the time,” he wrote.

“What’s your thoughts?”


Many people had different reactions to the photo. One man wrote he believed the photo wasn’t taken in Sydney either.

One woman suggested maybe the woman didn’t want a seat.

“If nobody offered that’s s***, but they may have offered,” she wrote.  

“This person may have also got off on the next stop? Also sitting down and getting up again can be more painful than just standing. 

“There is always more than one side to every picture.”


No consideration for the elderly’

One man condemned the elderly woman’s fellow commuters. 

“Absolutely pathetic,” he wrote.

“No consideration for the elderly at all.”

Another woman wrote it was “awful and sad” while another said it was “disgusting”. 

Even though Mr Williams wrote he was unsure where the photo was taken and that he didn’t take it, he was soon on the receiving end of some criticism.

“There is always more than one side to every picture,” one woman wrote not wanting to issue blame. 

“I think maybe you should have said something to the folks sitting,” one woman wrote.

A man wrote Mr Williams “should have told those f***s to stand up instead of just taking a photo”.

Mr Williams wrote in response he doesn’t know who took the photo but decided to share it because he’s “sick of seeing this daily”. 

“Also, when I was on crutches through December I was one of the people who required a courtesy seat because I couldn’t get up and down train stairs, and so often young adults, sometimes school students, would sit there without a care in the world and I’d have to ask them to move,” he wrote.  

“I personally think it should come down to common sense as to who needs the courtesy seat the most.”

The picture was also shared on Facebook page Aussie Aussie Aussie Aussie with more than 21,000 shares where it got similar responses.

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