Giving your seat up to pregnant women, the disabled and the elderly is the decent thing for an able bodied individual to do when riding on the subway, but these days common decency is often left at the station.
However, there are still plenty of respectful and caring people out there who will do the right thing and give up their seat- and production designer/mom Yvonne Lin thinks they deserve an award.
I'm about 8ish months preggers (again) and I look it. I've been gradually coming to the conclusion that men suck. I didn't get a single subway seat offered to me by a man throughout my first pregnancy. So for the second pregnancy, I had this made and I've been carrying it around everyday - till last Friday. This guy is the winner! #subway #nyc #pregnant #socialexperiment
Yvonne created this really cool statue to give to the first guy who gave up his seat on the subway to her, and the lucky winner was father of two Ricky Barksdale:
“He was staring at his phone,” Lin said. “He looked up and looked around and was like, ‘Holy crap, you’re pregnant! You need to have a seat.’”
Ricky was proud to receive the award but also had this to say to guys who don't give up their seats:
“It was a nice gesture of her, but it’s also sad for my male counterparts to allow something like this to happen,” he said, adding, “If you clearly see a visible pregnant woman, you’re okay to stand up. She needs that more than you.”
“I just hope that this story motivates others to do the right thing,” he said. “Whether they’re pregnant, disabled, elderly, just do the right thing and be a decent human being.”