Since February 2019, a rather disturbing image depicting a hunched and frail elderly lady standing on a Sydney train has been circulating on social media, causing consternation as it travels.
Why is it disturbing? Because the photograph shows that several much younger people are comfortably seated while the elderly lady stands and clings to a pole for support.
The sitting people have been widely condemned for their perceived rudeness and lack of respect. They have been castigated for not offering the woman a seat when she clearly needed it.
But, as is often the case, things are likely not as they appear at first glance.
A person claiming to be the elderly woman’s grandson told radio station 2GB’s Ben Fordham that she was standing because she was preparing to disembark at the next station.
You can listen to the segment here:
Reportedly, people had offered seats to the lady but she declined because she was about to get off the train.
Of course, we still don’t know the exact circumstances in which the photograph was taken. Certainly, people are sometimes rude on public transport and there are no doubt plenty of times when a seat is not offered when it should have been.
But, it’s unfair and unhelpful to judge the behaviour and motives of others based on just one photograph. Especially when the photograph includes recognisable faces of people who may be condemned when they have actually done nothing wrong at all.
The Circulating Image:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!