Not entirely sucky but sad - No one seems to look out for people these days!
When I was waiting for the train this morning there was a blind gentleman being helped by the station staff who were telling him how many stops, checking out his route so that they can call ahead to the next stop for his assistance etc.
Unfortunately he's travelling at school kid time.
The train is shorter than the later ones and is usually overpacked.
He's escorted to a seat and nothing else happens until we are nearly at his (and mine, and the kids) stop. He gets up on his own which surprises me at I heard the Assistance staff member say his colleague would fetch him from the train.
He's doing pretty well until the school kids start crowding the doors and jostling him at which point he's making shuffling steps and looks really unconfirmable. I asked him whether he is ok or needs any assistance and he asks for help getting off the train. I tell him clearly that we are surrounded by the school kids so I will wait until they are clear and help him down (Got off first, stood in front of the door, put my hand on his non-stick arm, and told him "next step will be down to the train step, ok, next step is down to the platform". Not sure if that was the right method but he seemed to be pretty confident otherwise and seemed more confident and comfortable whilst I was doing that).
The kids behind (who were further in the carriage) are still jostling and pushing him so I lead him out of the main flow and to somewhere that the Assistance staff can see him. It takes about 2-3 minutes until the Assistance staff can get through the streaming kids and I stand there with him until they've confirmed where the blind man is going. I say goodbye and he says thanks.
I know it is probably too much to expect but it really surprised me that very few of the kids acknowledged either the blind man or the staff member who was obviously trying to get through. If I'd not helped the guy he would have risked falling or missing his stop because the staff just couldn't get to him. I just hope that I didn't come across as too "oh poor you" and just as someone prepared to be helpful.