A young woman and her friend were waiting for a flight by their gate when a family of three came up. They moved their luggage to make room, but that wasn’t good enough.
Ready to Go
OP (Original Poster) and her friend were sitting by their gate at the airport. They were patiently waiting for their plane so they could board, but little did they know they were in for a rough ride.
A Rough Time
The two friends were seated side by side with their things on the seat next to them. OP admitted that she had a rough day and wasn’t in the best of moods at this point.
Here Comes Trouble
After sitting there for 30 minutes, a family of three sat near OP and her friend. OP estimated the ages, saying the mother was around 35, the father was about 45, and the kid looked to be about 7 years old.
Let’s Make Room
The mother and father sat across from them, and there were only two open seats. So, OP and her friend moved their things.
Moving their belongings freed up the seats next to them so the family would have more seats.
Having an Adventure
The mother and father sat down, but the child had no interest in sitting. The kid was up and running around, checking things out.
How Could You?
The group sat for another five minutes before the mother approached OP. To OP’s surprise, the mother scolded her immediately, telling her she should have moved so her son could sit “closer.”
Right Across the Way
The mother and OP were sitting across from each other in the aisle. The seats OP and her friend cleared were right next to them, only two seats down, and there were more seats next to that.
What Do You Mean?
OP was confused by the mother and told her that she had moved her things so one of them could sit there. People were sitting on the other side of OP, so she could only open up the chairs on her right.
OP also noted that the kid hadn’t even sat down and didn’t seem interested in sitting at all. Despite this, the mother kept saying that OP was “selfish.”
There was no way OP would sit there and take it, and she and the mother began arguing loudly.
The only thing that stopped the fight was the woman’s husband, who pulled her away from OP and the confrontation.
The fight had ended, but OP wasn’t satisfied and kept staring at the mother, scoffing and rolling her eyes. She thought the mother was “completely unjustified” in asking them to move when there were plenty of other seats.
Whose Side Are You On?
OP spoke to her friend about the ordeal but got no backup. Instead, her friend told her they had been “two stressed-out women” who were both in the wrong.
So, now, OP asks, “Am I the a**hole?”
Redditors’ Thoughts and Opinions
Some Redditors couldn’t believe the behavior of the woman with the child, and everyone thought OP had been correct.
The top comment even called into question what the parents were doing, saying, “Not the a**hole. Giving up your seat is optional, and those parents were pretty s***** for taking the seats themselves instead of letting their kid use one of them.”
Another Redditor noted that it didn’t need to be a fight, but that OP’s friend said something that seemed out of line, saying, “Not the a**hole, though you could have let it go. What’s up with your friend and the ‘two stressed-out women’ nonsense?”
Reddit was entirely in support of OP, but many people continued to voice astonishment at how the woman had acted.
One said it best, “Not the a**hole. It doesn’t sound like the mother even asked you to switch seats; she just scolded you for not reading her mind.”
A woman wrote, “Not the a**hole. The kid wasn’t even sitting; he was running around! I get so sick of entitled parents expecting everyone to bend over backward to accommodate them just because they procreated. The majority of the world’s population ends up doing this eventually; it does not make you special. Other people exist and are allowed to exist and take up space. A child does not give you automatic dibs on things. Hell, if the parents were smart, they’d keep the kid up and moving as much as possible to get their fidgety-ness out before the hours spent on the plane.”
Do you think OP did the right thing? Should she have moved even though there were other seats so the family could sit across from each other?
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This post first appeared as She Refused to Give Up Her Seat for a Little Boy Running Around. But His Mom’s Furious and Started Berating Her Publicly, Saying She’s “Selfish” for Not Letting Them Sit Together. Was She Wrong? on Quote Ambition.