This Redditor suffered from chronic back pain and was on her way to work on a bus. Suddenly, a woman demanded she move to accommodate her child, but she refused!
OP (Original Poster) is a 19-year-old female who worked late night shifts. To get to work, she had to take the bus.
Late Night Line
One day, at 1:30 AM, OP was waiting at the bus stop like she always did. Soon, a large family group walked up and waited behind her.
Finally, the bus pulled up. When it opened its doors, two members of the group shouldered past OP to get on the bus first, like it was some race.
Trying to Be the Better Person
OP found it rude how the two people shoved her aside to load up on the bus before her. Nevertheless, she shrugged it off and took an available seat on the mostly empty bus.
She was headed to work and didn’t want any problems.
The rest of the group then filtered onto the bus. This included a mother and her young child.
They stood for a minute, trying to find a seat the kid would agree to.
Soon, it became apparent to OP that the child wanted her seat. The mother of the child approached OP and demanded she give up her seat for the child—even though there were still tons of empty seats available.
Plenty of Options
OP told the mother that she wouldn’t be moving because there were plenty of other open seats. It was in the middle of the night, and no one else except OP and the family group was on the bus.
It wasn’t like it’d be difficult for the child to find another seat to be happy with.
OP also didn’t want to move because her back was hurting. She suffered from chronic and severe back pain from an accident she’d had a year prior.
Upon hearing OP’s refusal, the child became angry and started to throw a huge fit.
The mother once more insisted OP move, saying that OP could quickly move and find another seat but that her child “won’t sit down anywhere else.”
OP remained polite but once again refused to get up and move for the entitled child. She explained this time that her back was hurting badly, and she didn’t want to move precisely because of this reason.
The mother didn’t care about her reasons or pain, though. She called OP “rude” and demanded that she surrender her seat to the kid.
OP took note that the entire family was together, and there were seven of them in total. Five of them were adults, and the other two were children.
It wasn’t like the mother was struggling and alone.
As it was, the bus was empty with plenty of spare seats, and her back was killing her. Why should she have to move just because some child demanded it?
OP said, “If circumstances were different and the bus was full, I would’ve been fine to give up my seat and sit next to someone else.”
Redditors’ Points of View
Redditors who commented were supportive. For them, OP did no wrong in this scenario.
One top commenter said, “Not the a**hole. As far as I’m aware of bus etiquette, you’re only compelled to give up your seat if there are none available and the person asking is elderly, pregnant, disabled, or something like that where they need it more than you. The mom should have told the child to sit somewhere else.”
Others took note of the entitled tone of the mother and child. “Not the a**hole. Parents need to learn that the world can’t be inconvenienced by their child’s every whim. It sounds like there were plenty of seats,” said one Redditor.
There is definitely a specific etiquette to taking a bus, and it depends on where you are; some cultures have different requirements, while others believe that the first to sit gets to pick. For most Redditors, however, this wasn’t a story about bus etiquette but about spoiling children.
One user said, “Not the a**hole! Sounds like they spoil the kid! Regardless of your back pain, if a seat is already taken and there are other options, the kid should have been told to choose an open seat, not force another person to move.”
Was it acceptable for a mother with a young child to expect everyone else to move out of their way? Was OP being rude for not giving up her seat?
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This post first appeared as An Entitled Woman Demanded She Give Up Her Bus Seat Because Her Spoiled Child’s Throwing a Tantrum, “Wanting” the Seat. She Refused, and Now She’s Labeled a “Rude” Jerk! on Quote Ambition.