I am sitting on the max and the woman across from me hears the beep of the ramp going down and as the doors open rather than vacate the priority seating area she informs him that, “we’re full up on disabled, try the other side”. She gestures not at me but the wheelchair I am sitting in. I know the difference. I told the man I’d move but he just accepted the rude woman. I asked her why she didn’t move and she informed me she worked really well today and earned sitting down on the train home, but “You wouldn’t understand how tiring work can be.”
I was amazed as I said, “you’re right that 10 hour shift was super easy while I made decisions with my 14 direct reports and managed productivity for them all while making a project plan for September. It was tiring. ”
She looked confused. I smiled and asked what she does for a living. I think by the end she’d learned something.