Internet outraged after elderly woman forced to stand on Sydney train while young commuters refuse to offer seat
The picture was captioned "No respect" and has since been shared more than 25,000 times and received more than 1,000 comments
An image of an elderly woman standing hunched over a holding pole on a Sydney train as commuters are seen in the background sitting down has enraged many on the the Internet.
The picture, which surfaced on Facebook on February 9, has gone viral after many people noticed the travelers in the background -- who look much younger than the standing old woman -- failing to offer any of their seats to her.
The picture was captioned "No respect", and has since been shared on the social media platform more than 25,000 times and received more than 1,000 comments.
It is still not clear when this particular image was taken but it re-emerged on Facebook as well as Reddit over the weekend, the Daily Mail reported.
Many users on social media slammed the commuters in the background for not offering their seats to the elderly lady, including one furious Reddit user who wrote: "'Heartless souls. Some say they are called the Millennial generation." Another commented: "They need slapping, the lot of em, obviously they have no respect or manners!"
There were also many users who said that they would have willingly given up their seat for the woman, including one 16-year-old user who said: "I would have offered my seat as soon as she jumped on the train, I've done it before for an old lady."
Another user wrote: "I'm 20 and I can't believe this. None of them would've heard if she'd even asked politely for the seat – all three seated with their earphones in or headphones on! Where's the human connection?"
Quite a few users on social media, however, have since slammed the person who took the photo in the first place. One user wrote: "Typical person today. Take a photo and complain on Facebook but don't have the balls to say something in real life." Another angry user added: "Why not man up and say something to them instead of taking a pic to get likes?"
However, some users decided to go in for a rational approach and offered explanations to why the elderly woman was standing instead of sitting down. One user said: "Not defending them but... someone may have offered, but the elderly said 'No It's ok I'm getting off soon or at next stop'."
Another one suggested: "It might be too hard for her to sit and stand back up. I'd like to think the kid with the hat offered. The other 3 are worthless."
In a statement that came out after the image went viral, Sydney Trains said: "Sydney Trains encourages all of its passengers to observe appropriate transport etiquette including respecting elderly, disabled or pregnant customers by offering up their seats."