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This Man Was Awarded An Actual Trophy For Giving Up His Seat On The Subway To A Pregnant Lady

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Throughout two pregancies, Yvonne Lin never had a man ever offer up his cherished seat on the NYC subway as she traveled to and from work for about two hours each day.

Until Ricky Barksdale came along, that is.

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A couple weeks ago, Ricky gave up his seat after noticing Lin was with child — and Lin had the best response ever as she awarded him an actual Hulk-like trophy that said, "#1 Decent Dude: First Man to Offer Subway Seat to Pregnant Woman throughout Two Pregancies."

Wowwwww!! See her amazing caption (below):

Now, while the 34-year-old Army vet-turned-stuntman is undoubtedly a "decent dude" — before we continue, we just want to point out how INSANE it is that he's painted as a hero for just having what should be common decency… but we digress.

Anyway, speaking to People this week — Lin opened up about why she wanted to reward the first guy to make the kind gesture:

"I learned pretty early on that the women were being super cool about it and giving me seats more often than not, but no guys were giving me a seat. That discrepancy was a bit shocking. So my first pregnancy, I started carrying around this little congratulations card because I wanted to like, make a big tada about the first guy who gave me a seat, but that never happened. So by the time the second one rolled around, I figured I needed to up it. I'm sort of quirky and weird, and I have a child-like sense of humor. So I realized that no one over the age of about 12 expects a trophy. I wanted something that was over-the-top ridiculous and had a man on it."

When Ricky was the first to show a little compassion, the 38-year-old said:

"I was super happy about it, because I was super happy that one, I didn't have to carry this damn trophy around anymore, and two, I was just really happy to give it to someone and that someone gave me a seat."

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As for Barksdale's response, Lin went on:

"He was sort of shocked, embarrassed and pleased, and I was just so happy. I think I gave off a lot of giddiness. He actually got off at the next stop, and we were talking about how he always tries to give up his seat, and how he has two kids, and he tries to make sure other people give seats to pregnant women. He's like, a legit, awesome dude."

After the story went viral, the two strangers connected via Instagram, and have been chatting ever since.

Ricky shared on his page:

Amazing! We need more of this!!!

[Image via Instagram.]

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