Yet another excuse to never, ever be polite.
Our policy is, if someone needs a seat, they can ask for it. Otherwise, we’re pretending to be extremely absorbed by our Kindle even if it literally keeps bumping against someone’s bulging pregnant figure as the subway rattles along. It’s just so embarrassing when you offer your seat to someone on the bus because you think they’re pregnant only to discover they were just fat or wearing a false silicon stomach. Of course, we imagine it’s more embarrassing if your fake pregnant stomach falls off right in the middle of a seat heist. But this Beijing woman actually had the nerve to file a complaint against the manufacturers, who never even intended for their fake stomachs to be used this way. This is what happens when we outsource all our prosthetic belly-making to China.