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Selfish Melbourne tram passengers refuse to give up seats for dad carrying his baby

A father was left shocked when not a single passenger on a packed tram gave up their seat for him and his newborn daughter.

Duncan MacRae was travelling on a tram to the Midsumma Festival in Melbourne last weekend with his daughter Bella.

The journey was about 20 minutes long and the tram was already full when Mr MacRae boarded.

But despite it being common courtesy on public transport to give up a seat for the disabled, elderly, pregnant or parents with children, no other passengers offered up their spot.

Mr MacRae filmed a video of himself on the packed tram while bouncing his newborn to sleep with the other hand.

Duncan MacRae was travelling on a tram to the Midsumma Festival in Melbourne last weekend with his daughter Bella and said nobody offered their seat to him

Around him, passengers were either buried in their phones or looking out the window.

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  • Yes 114 votes
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‘I aimed to capture a moment that many parents can relate to – trying to soothe a crying baby in a public space, whilst also being mindful of the comfort of those around us,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘The reaction of those in the priority seats, who saw me and put their heads back into their phones, highlights the societal issues of empathy and community support. 

‘It’s not just about offering a seat, it’s about recognising the needs of others and acting with kindness.’

Mr MacRae said while physically he was able to carry Bella without needing a seat, he was ‘shocked’ nobody offered.

Eventually when one passenger left his chair, the father said he had to tell another commuter who was trying to take the empty seat to ‘get stuffed’ just so he could sit down.

His TikTok has received more than 1 million views with many shocked at the lack of courtesy on public transport, adding it was dangerous if Mr MacRae was to lose his balance.

‘I was 37 weeks pregnant on a train and no one stood up. It’s appalling! I’m sorry this happened,’ one said.

‘I had someone tell me recently it’s my responsibility to ask. Like whoTF raised all you people. That was not how I was raised,’ another said.

‘That’s appalling,’ a third added.  

Mr MacRae (pictured with his partner Rob and daughter) said while physically he was able to carry Bella without needing a seat, he was 'shocked' nobody offered

Mr MacRae (pictured with his partner Rob and daughter) said while physically he was able to carry Bella without needing a seat, he was ‘shocked’ nobody offered

Meanwhile others said he wasn’t entitled to the seat and shouldn’t expect someone to give one up so easily.

‘I generally offer but some days when you’ve walked over 20k steps it’s difficult to give up. So there are two sides to the story always,’ said another.

‘All of those saying why should I give up my seat etc it honestly just goes to show how you were raised. It’s called common courtesy & being respectful,’ one said.

‘Just because you have a child doesn’t mean you deserve the seat more than anyone else. I can’t stand when people think just because they have a kid, they deserve something,’ another comment read.

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