Fake baby bumps and other weird ways to get a tube seat
A Chinese woman was left red-faced when a fake baby bump she wore to convince subway passengers to offer her their seats fell out on a crowded train.
The woman, labelled “shameless” by Chinese media outlets, then contacted her local commercial bureau to complain about the quality of the silicone belly.
The Liyuan Industrial and Commercial Bureau rejected her complaint, however, saying she had not “purchased or used commodities, or received services, as a consumer should for daily use”.
The fake bellies are reportedly priced at 400-1,200 yuan ($65-$190) and are available in various sizes according to how far along the 'pregnancy' is.
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Surprisingly, the woman’s tactic is not the strangest way to try to nab a seat on the underground. Last year a Chinese man hit the headlines after launching a zombie-style attack on a fellow passenger in an attempt to sit down.
The bizarre and bloody incident, captured on video and uploaded to YouTube, shows a 67-year-old and a 28-year-old man fighting over a seat in Guangzhou’s Subway.
The younger of the pair was reported to have had part of his ear bitten off in the brawl. The men were later said to have apologised to one another.
Meanwhile temperatures rose on the New York subway in the summer of 2011 when two women clashed over a seat.
One of the women got so caught up in the physical fight she turned her back on her baby, who was asleep in a pram. At one point the pram reportedly rolled off the train and onto a station platform.
The New York subway saw more drama in October 2011 when a seating dispute sparked a Jerry Springer-style brawl. In the clip, uploaded to YouTube, passengers are seen desperately trying to prise apart two fighting men, to no avail.
Punches and kicks are thrown while people standing on the platform knock on the subway windows to encourage the men to stop fighting.
And last year passengers in New York, London, Stockholm and Sydney stripped down to their pants as part of an international stunt. They may not have been looking for spots to rest their on-display bottoms but as this video shows, fellow passengers were only too happy to give up their seats: