Blind man reduced to tears after no one stands for him on train

A blind man has revealed he was reduced to tears after not a single commuter offered him a seat on a crowded train.

Amit Patel and his guide dog Kika boarded the Waterloo East train in London on Tuesday and were forced to stand against the door after being "ignored".

"Unfortunately being ignored when asking for a seat is a daily occurrence for us," Mr Patel tweeted after the incident.

"I was very upset yesterday as the floor on the train was slippery, Kika kept sliding and she was obviously distressed.

Amit Patel and his guide dog Kika boarded the Waterloo East train in London on Tuesday. Photo: Twitter/ Amit Patel

"She looks after me everyday and I felt useless."

Mr Patel, who went blind five years ago after a haemorrhage, said he was teary following the incident as Kika was clearly affected, the Evening Standard reported.

"People don't realise how hard Kika has to work - they think, 'Oh, a dog, how cute'. And if she can't concentrate because she can't lie down, then she can't keep me safe," he said.

"It takes so much not to have that one tear come down my face. I come home and think, 'does it have to be this hard?'"

The pair had even boarded in the rain at the end of the platform in order to be in the disability priority section.

Mr Patel said he was reduced to tears after no one stood up to offer him and seat. Photo: Twitter/ Amit Patel
Mr Patel went blind five years ago after a haemorrhage. Photo: Twitter/ Amit Patel

After tweeting photos of commuters in their seats and Kika on the floor, Mr Patel was inundated with messages of support.

"That is disgraceful. Why are fellow commuters so selfish, if they are in a designated disabled carriage, they should be mindful and offer their seat to people who need it most," one man wrote.

Mr Patel said he is used to being ignored on the train. Photo: Twitter/ Amit Patel