Here in Brisbane, the buses still have signs admonishing students (who get concessional fares) to give up their seats to adults. I hadn’t seen this in action until yesterday, when I was on a bus from the University to the city, which was standing room only when I got on. An elderly lady got on the next stop and the driver used the PA system to call on students to get up and “give their seats to the older people”.
I was pleased to see that one student immediately offered her seat to the old lady. I had slightly more mixed feelings when another student followed suit, offering her seat to me. After declining one such offer, I decided it was better to age gracefully and accepted a second – the old knees aren’t what they used to be, after all.