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Will You Stand up for Moms-to-be?
    2007-05-28 14:13:32     CRIENGLISH.com

A heavily pregnant woman, who was left standing when not a single passenger offered to give up their seat, took photos of those occupying the specially reserved seats and posted them online.  [Photo: www.bandao.cn]

Giving up one's seat to a pregnant woman is believed as a natural act - and is in line with Chinese traditional Chinese standards of behaviour.

But do those who refuse to follow this moral code deserve to be publicly rebuked?

Well a recent incident in the eastern city of Qingdao highlighted this very question.

The Qingdao News Daily reports that a heavily pregnant woman was left standing when not a single passenger offered to give up their seat.

In her anger the mother-to-be took photos of those occupying the specially reserved seats and posted them online. However some web surfers took exception to her action saying that whether one gives up one's seat is a moral issue, but not a legal one. While their behaviour was certainly callous they did not believe it deserved such a response.

Meanwhile others pointed out that a limited number of seats on every bus are specifically set aside for the old, pregnant, sick and very young - but many people ignore this. Therefore, they argued, those guilty of such thoughtlessness deserved what they got for abandoning traditional ethics. 

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