Our lives were not without stress
I could not believe the First Person article by Nicola Beveridge (Mail, October 16).
Her remark that pensioners should spare a thought for young people with prams, who juggle jobs with school runs and stresses that pensioners never had in "their day".
What a ridiculous and crass statement. Does she think that pensioners who lived through the war, struggled with rationing, no jobs, means-tested for every single penny, and other problems, were without stress?
As for these young people juggling jobs, a lot of the young girls with babies do not have jobs so, in effect, their bus fares are also being paid by the state, just like the pensioners.
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Also, talking about folding prams, some of the prams allowed on buses are large ones that cannot be folded and stick out into the aisle causing an obstruction – it's supposed to be only buggies allowed on.
I agree that some pensioners do overdo it with the passes, but some girls with prams think it is their right to park a large pram, blocking other seats, and glare at people who do not move from the front seats.
These seats are clearly stated for pensioners and disabled people. I for one will not move for a pram anymore.
As for the driver commenting on fare-paying mothers, he should be sacked – he doesn't pay the pensioners' fares and it is not his place to comment.
I bet none of these young mothers, when it comes to them getting a bus pass (if passes are still in existence) will refuse them.
Hopefully, none of them will have to live through a war and all it entails. I might add, my daughter used to walk from the far end of West Hull to Longhill Estate with her pram to take her son to see his great- grandparents. That is some walk!
Mrs H Stannard,
Ings Road Estate, Hull.