This didn't go unnoticed - but I still think I did the right thing... It's kind of not the nicest story overall but shows that it's important not to stand by and do and say nothing if you see something wrong!
It was a very hot and uncomfortable day in Sydney just after work, 5pm - so busy. I jumped on the monorail (I am one of the very few Sydney-siders who actually used it) and all of the compartments are full, so I had to stand. No biggie. Being a hot summer's day, of course the air con wasn't working and it was like a furnace. Anyway...
At the next station, a middle aged blind woman and her carer got in my compartment. Everyone looked any other direction except at the blind lady. The blind lady wasn't the most stable on her feet with the jolts of the monorail. I was raging. I waited, thinking that surely one of these 8 people sitting will get up and offer their seat. Nope.
I looked around and said loudly: "Surely ONE of you people sitting down is able to stand and offer your seat!!!!!" Suddenly 8 pairs of eyes found me. It was then a race for everyone sitting down to pretend that they hadn't noticed the blind lady before, and quickly get up and offer their seat. I was so furious and felt so let down by my fellow humans!!
That was a day that my temper seemed to come in handy though. I looked at the lady's carer and just shook my head and said 'unbelievable'. She just looked at me and nodded sadly - like she deals with it all the time - and although used to it, was still disappointed.
When I was getting off she pulled me aside and said 'thank you' and I know she meant it.
I still get annoyed when I think about that day :(