Is it rude to tell frail bus passengers not to touch my walking cane?
I am 70-years-old, and I use a walking cane to aid my walking.
I sit in the section of a public transit vehicle that is reserved for senior citizens and disabled passengers. I put my walking cane between my knees to hold the cane in place.
On occasion a frail passenger would grab a pole and place his/her hand on the top of my cane for physical support just before exiting the public transit vehicle (the frail passenger does not use a walking cane).
I've never said anything to the frail passengers who place their hand on the top of my walking cane for physical support, however, is it rude of me to tell these frail passengers not to touch my walking cane and to get their own walking cane?
- JerryLv 711 months agoFavourite answer
It's unreasonable to expect that people who believe themselves falling and at risk of serious injury will NOT grab at whatever is available to prevent that fall. If you don't want people touching you cane then disposition it in such a way that it's not directly at hand for fellow passengers.
- PAMELALv 711 months ago
No, tell them to get their own cane if they need one, have a tighter grip on the cane, or get one that folds up when you sit down, it is your property and no one else should touch it.
- ObserverLv 711 months ago
Phrased the way you just did - yes is it rude.
- Anonymous11 months ago
No it's not rude if it makes you uncomfortable... It's your cane. Let them get their
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- Tommy G.Lv 411 months ago
If you're bent on keeping the cane and politely telling off strangers, keep holding the cane.
- Pearl LLv 711 months ago
i dont think youre being rude to tell them that,
- bluebellbkkLv 711 months ago
What, they put their hand on it for maybe five seconds to keep their balance? How does this do you any harm?
If you don't want people to do this simple thing, hold your cane where they can't reach it. But I honestly can't see what your problem is, and suspect you may be trolling.
- FireplaceLv 611 months ago
It's your property. You decide the rules.
- CogitoLv 711 months ago
Yes. If you're really that concerned, hold the cane closer, with the top against your chest..
- 11 months ago
Seriously it doesn’t cost anything to be kind just be happy you’ve been helpful for another.
- LizLv 611 months ago
Well, there is a quality that Jesus had called empathy. Just consider how you would feel if the frail person was yourself and you were told not to touch another person's cane.
The apostle Peter counseled Christians to show ‘fellow feeling, brotherly affection and compassion,’ (1 Peter 3:8) to show “fellow feeling” literally “to suffer with another” or “to have compassion.” The apostle Paul recommended similar sentiments when he exhorted fellow Christians to “rejoice with people who rejoice; weep with people who weep.” Paul added: “Be minded the same way toward others as to yourselves.” (Romans 12:15, 16)