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Watch: Would you give up your seat for a pregnant woman? Mother-to-be uses hidden camera to shame Tube commuters who refuse to budge

The video has gone viral and has been picked up in Britain by The Daily Mail and the Evening Standard. Outlets in Belgium, Slovakia and Norway, among others, have reported on the video as well.

INSTAGRAM - pregnant woman took a hidden camera on the London Underground to shame those who did not give up their 'priority seat' for her. Pictured is Miri Michaeli Schwartz

Miri Michaeli Schwartz, the Europe Correspondent for Israeli TV news service Channel 10 has exposed the behavior of passengers on the London Underground who ignore heavily pregnant women and do not give up their seat, despite wearing a ‘Baby on Board’ badge.
The “Baby on Board” badge, an initiative launched in 2005, is meant to signal to passengers on the train that the wearer is pregnant, even if she is still at an early stage of her pregnancy.

After nine months of frustration, the mother-to-be posted a video on her Facebook page to vent her fury at some of the London commuters.

 “London friends,

Almost 9 months of commuting in the tube with the “Baby on board” badge have come to an end. At first I thought it is a brilliant London invention. How will other people know it’s not easy traveling with morning sickness if I don’t yet have a real big baby bump? Proudly and happily I wore my badge, hoping people will notice and offer me the priority seat when I need it. That didn’t happen.

Then, I thought Londoners get up only for ladies who are later on in their pregnancy. I was frustrated I don’t “look pregnant” enough. That fact did not change how pregnant I felt. It was awful.Now, from the top of 38 weeks of pregnancy, when there’s absolutely no way to ignore my huge bump (with a cute little baby girl inside of it!), I can tell you- London tube commuters just don’t care.

That’s why I decided today to take a hidden camera with me in order to show you how one day of my life looks, standing sometimes for long periods of time on the tube, swollen, exhausted and afraid of sudden brakes. Commuters see me, they see my bump, sometimes even stare but don’t get up, even if they are getting off of the train at the next station or are seating in the priority seat with a sticker of a pregnant lady as a reminder above their heads.I already know how people look when they try to act like they haven’t seen me.

The newspaper is held up a little higher, the phone comes out, headphones are placed in ears or sometimes.. they stare at my bump and just don’t care.I think the first woman in the video, doing homework with her child on the Jubilee line, missed a chance to teach him a much more valuable lesson- how to respect others and be a little less selfish.

Where I grew up, ever since I can remember myself my mother would get up herself and make me stand up if a person who needs the seat more got on the bus. It was so clear to me this is how it should work. No badge needed. Once in a while there are a few righteous people on the tube, as you can see at the end of the video clip. Unfortunately, they are not the majority. Transport for London”

The video has gone viral and has been picked up in Britain by The Daily Mail and the Evening Standard. Outlets in Belgium, Slovakia and Norway, among others, have reported on the video as well.

 

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