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.
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):
I’m about 8ish months preggers (again) and I look it. I’ve been gradually coming to the conclusion that men suck. I didn’t get a single subway seat offered to me by a man throughout my first pregnancy. So for the second pregnancy, I had this made and I’ve been carrying it around everyday – till last Friday. This guy is the winner! #subway #nyc #pregnant #socialexperimentA post shared by Yvonne Lin (@helloyvonnelin) on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:01am PST
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.”
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:
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 #decentguyA post shared by rickybarksdale (@rickybarksdale) on Feb 23, 2017 at 6:24pm PST
Amazing! We need more of this!!!
[Image via Instagram.]