‘Selfish’ commuter lets woman on crutches stand ‘so he can work on his laptop’

The picture was taken on the train journey from Clapham Junction to Isleworth in London on Tuesday (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)
The picture was taken on the train journey from Clapham Junction to Isleworth in London on Tuesday (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

This is the moment a woman on crutches is made to stand on a rush hour London train, as a ‘selfish commuter ignores her’ and works away on his laptop.

The photo was taken by another commuter, who says he was shocked that the man did not offer his seat, despite the woman’s leg brace being in ‘full view’.

Construction worker Sonny Phillips, says the incident occurred during the morning commute on Tuesday.

Sonny, who took the photo while standing himself, claims the commuter appears to have ‘glanced in the woman’s direction’, who was stood close behind him.

The 22-year-old added that the woman was offered a seat by another passenger which she ‘gladly accepted’.

Sonny said: ‘I noticed this woman on a crutch and brace and noticed she was stood right next to a man who was sat down on his laptop.

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‘I just thought it was strange she wasn’t offered a seat by him throughout the whole journey.’

PIC FROM Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: SONNY PHILLIPS, WHO WORKS IN CONSTRUCTION AND LIVES IN EAST DULWICH, LONDON, TOOK THE PHOTO ON TUESDAY MORNING) This is the moment a 'selfish' commuter appeared to make a woman on crutches STAND - while he sat working on his laptop on a rush hour London train. Sonny Phillips, who works in construction, took the shocking photo on his morning commute on Tuesday and claims the man did not offer her a seat. In the photo, which Sonny took while standing himself, the commuter even appears to be glancing in her direction while she stands closely behind him with her lower leg brace in full view. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266
Sonny Phillips took the picture and says he is shocked (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

He added: ‘I’m really not a fan of that behaviour. I know people tend to be quite ignorant on their commute.’

Sonny says that the woman did not ask for a seat, but he posted the picture online because he did not believe anyone should be ‘in a position where they had to ask’.

Although the picture has received a lot of attention on social media, some have asked people not to jump to conclusions as the man may have been unaware or could have a hidden disability himself.

PIC FROM Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: MORE REACTION TO SONNY PHILLIPS' FACEBOOK POST) This is the moment a 'selfish' commuter appeared to make a woman on crutches STAND - while he sat working on his laptop on a rush hour London train. Sonny Phillips, who works in construction, took the shocking photo on his morning commute on Tuesday and claims the man did not offer her a seat. In the photo, which Sonny took while standing himself, the commuter even appears to be glancing in her direction while she stands closely behind him with her lower leg brace in full view. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266
The picture has caused some heated debate online (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)
PIC FROM Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: MORE REACTION TO SONNY PHILLIPS' FACEBOOK POST) This is the moment a 'selfish' commuter appeared to make a woman on crutches STAND - while he sat working on his laptop on a rush hour London train. Sonny Phillips, who works in construction, took the shocking photo on his morning commute on Tuesday and claims the man did not offer her a seat. In the photo, which Sonny took while standing himself, the commuter even appears to be glancing in her direction while she stands closely behind him with her lower leg brace in full view. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266
Others defended the man saying he may have a ‘hidden disability’ (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

One user wrote: ‘What about hidden disabilities? How do you know he hasn’t got one?

‘Why are you only pointing him out and not everyone else on the train who isn’t giving up their seats?’

Another added: ‘He’s clearly focused on his laptop and hasn’t seen her.’

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