A pregnant New York woman decided to award a man with a trophy for giving up his seat to her on the Subway last month. To most, this might seem like a common gesture, which normally wouldn’t get anything past a “thank you.” But for Yvonne Lin, it clearly meant the world considering within the span of being pregnant twice, this is the first time a man has ever offered her a seat.
According to NBC New York, the 38-year-old designer awarded Ricky Barksdale with a golden statue with the phrase “#1 DECENT DUDE.” Lin claims during her pregnancies, women have always offered up their seats to her on public transportation, with the exception of men. Additionally, the statue also has the words,”First Man to Offer Subway Seat to Pregnant Woman Throughout Two Pregnancies” engraved on it.
When Lin noticed the awful trend during her first pregnancy, she made the trophy and carried it around with her in case she found a man who would give her a seat. “I’m a designer so I tend to have wacky ideas,” Lin noted of her experiment. “I was standing for three stops before he noticed.” Reportedly, she was on her way home with a two-hour commute ahead.
Lin recalls Barksdale being “adorably sweet and embarrassed” when she gave him the trophy. He said Lin just laughed at the sentiment, because usually things like this are out of the ordinary. Given the experience, Barksdale has a pivotal message for all men: “If you see an elderly, disabled or pregnant person give them your seat.”
“He is the closest thing to a real life superhero,” Lin said. Barksdale, who is a U.S. Army veteran, stunt actor and father of two, took to Instagram to commemorate his new accolade.
I’m sitting on the train and there was a lady standing in front of me and I didn’t realize she was pregnant, she’s wearing all black so it was hard to tell, I got up immediately to give her my seat and she said wait I have something to give you and she handed me this trophy lol. she’s been trying to give this trophy away for two months to see if any man would offer her a seat and had no luck till she came across me. #onlyinnyc #mtastories #mtastory #mta #subwaystories #newyorkcity #newyorkerlife #decentguy