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When I see someone either old and frail or a mother with pushchair, baby and toddler I always help out. Usually by shoving them off so the tram driver can close the doors and get on the way.

This helps everyone else on the tram get home a few seconds earlier. The needs of the few are outweighed by the needs of the many.


To get shoved off is exactly the help they need. Also the handicapped / frail / old wish to get somewhere


I recently on the S-Bahn saw an old Lady with her Rollator looking lost. I told her to move ahead to a Position to the right and to wait until I gave the go ahead. Then, Folks were gone and I told her now to move ahead. She happily thanked and looked rejuvenated by 50 years
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To get shoved off is exactly the help they need. Also the handicapped / frail / old wish to get somewhere


I recently on the S-Bahn saw an old Lady with her Rollator looking lost. I told her to move ahead to a Position to the right and to wait until I gave the go ahead. Then, Folks were gone and I told her now to move ahead. She happily thanked and looked rejuvenated by 50 years
Wolli - nice story. Did you get her phone number and after your night out did she offer you sympathy or empathy?
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Wolli - nice story. Did you get her phone number and after your night out did she offer you sympathy or empathy?


she thanked and looked happy and relieved -- this was enough
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I was referring to situations where there is direct personal contact, like at a bus stop. I am surprised at how many people will stand and watch a mother with a toddler AND a pram struggle to get all three of them into the Tram/Bus.


When our kids were small and one in pushchair, we visited Paris and had to take the tube. Paris underground is full of steps! Every time we faced aflight of stairs, without exception a Black or African person came and helped. Wonderful people who are the target of racist political parties.
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When our kids were small and one in pushchair, we visited Paris and had to take the tube. Paris underground is full of steps! Every time we faced aflight of stairs, without exception a Black or African person came and helped. Wonderful people who are the target of racist political parties.
Hardly surprising - the white people had jobs to get to

(Do you consider such actions to be empathic?)
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Hardly surprising - the white people had jobs to get to

(Do you consider such actions to be empathic?)

Molukkers in Amsterdam, Tamils in London and Puerto Ricans in NYC all HAD Jobs but always were helpful
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Hardly surprising - the white people had jobs to get to

(Do you consider such actions to be empathic?)


1. Polite
2. Considerate
3. Helpful
4. Showing empathy if they did it because they paused for 1 minute and thought how back breaking and tedious carrying a pushchair up and down the underground stairs is.


I'm sure they had jobs to go to, underpaid and undervalued no doubt.
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