I’m the kind of person who always gives up his seat on public transit to anyone who looks like they might want to sit down: old folks, pregnant women, people with little kids, people with blond hair, etc.
Okay, maybe not the last one, but my point is that I try to do it if it looks like someone needs a seat.
But what happens when you refuse to give up your seat?
Read on to see if you think this woman acted wrong…
AITA for not giving up my seat on the bus?
“So I (26F) got on the bus after an 8 hour day in work.
Now I get on at very first stop on the bus route and get off at the very last stop the whole journey takes about 2 hours. When I got on the bus it was quite busy on the bottom deck, with only one double seat left available.
Usually I would go upstairs when it’s this busy but this time I had about 4-5 slightly heavy bags with me and didn’t feel safe trying to get up the stairs with them especially since i’m 18 weeks pregnant, so I sat on the seat down stairs.
The bus emptied fairly quickly after a few stops and filled up again about half way through the journey. This is where the problem started, an older lady with a stick got on the bus and well she asked me to move. S
he wasn’t even polite when she asked and honestly I thought she meant move over so she could sit next to me. So I moved my bags and started to scoot over, when she “No, No I meant can you find another seat, this seat is reserved for disabled people. You are clearly not disabled. There are plenty of seats upstairs”
These seats were not priority seats for disabled people the ones in front of me were (which had an empty seat) but these ones were not. so i replied
“Sorry, I really don’t feel safe going up the stairs with all these bags, I don’t mind you sitting next to me though, we both have our masks on.”
“I don’t want to sit next to anybody, I don’t feel safe. So move your lazy fat behind and give the seat to someone who needs it”
I h**e confrontation and I absolutely h**e people who use their pregnancy as an excuse, which means I h**e what i said next”
“Lady I am pregnant, I am not going up those stairs with these bags and risking a fall. If you really want a seat to yourself ask someone else to move”
Before anymore could be said a man across from me said to the lady “Here Love, have my seat” He got up let her sit down and went upstairs, but not before giving me a dirty look. The lady spent the next 10-15 minutes talking with the other oldies on the bus about how the kids these days have no respect for their elders or people with disabilities, or how they would have never have spoken to someone like in their day.
This happened a couple of days ago, while my boyfriend and my dad said I was in the right, but I can’t help but feel like I acted like an entitled brat.”
Check out what folks on Reddit said about this.
This reader said that this woman did nothing wrong.
And this person said that the older woman who demanded her seat was the a**hole here.
And this individual pointed out the obvious: pregnant women should never be asked to give up their seats!
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