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Trending: TTC employee takes up a subway seat with her bag

Last Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 11:10 am EST

PHOTO COURTESY SID YILGOREN

Among the popular pet peeves on the TTC are people wearing backpacks on crowded trains and people that rush through doors and then just stop.

And then there’s this behaviour, demonstrated in the above photo.

She’s in a TTC uniform, so we can safely assume she’s a transit employee. Her bag is taking up a whole seat while she sits beside it.

CityNews received the photo from Sid Yilgoren, who walks with a cane. He said he boarded the crowded subway train at Coxwell station on Thursday at 11 a.m.

“I was looking for a seat,” Yilgoren explained. “A TTC employee was occupying two seats including her bag. She did not bother to remove it.”

He eventually found another seat, and took the photograph.

He says she removed the bag from the seat at Pape Station because he thinks she heard the click of his camera.

“She saw me there,” Yilgoren said in a phone interview with CityNews. “She didn’t react at all.”

“There was also a lady standing next to her and she still didn’t bother to move,” he added.

He said he encounters rude behaviour all the time, often noticing that people don’t offer to get up for him.

“I’m a graphic designer and I’m going to create a t-shirt that says ‘Thank you for not giving a seat to the disabled.'”

“The TTC keeps telling citizens to remove their backpacks and to leave the seats to people who are in need. What about the TTC employees? Do they have different rules?”

When CityNews showed the photo to Brad Ross, TTC’s executive director of corporate communications, he apologized.

“I am dismayed to read this and apologize to your viewer for this obvious lack of courtesy,” Ross wrote in an e-mailed statement.

“TTC employees should not be taking up seats while paying customers struggle to find one. And while some employees may have medical issues that make it difficult to stand for prolonged periods of time, their belongings most certainly should not be occupying up a seat.”