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‘I refused to move bus seat for elderly woman – she should have planned ahead’

‘I refused to move bus seat for elderly woman – she should have planned ahead’

A woman has ignited a debate online after she refused to give up her seat to an elderly woman on a bus.

The 22-year-old woman says she was asked to give an older woman her seat so she could look through the window on their six-hour journey. She had booked a window seat for herself to accommodate her own personal problems with anxiety.

The woman explained that she suffers from nausea and sickness when she uses public transport but has no other options. She pre-books window seats and takes medication 30 minutes before travelling reports the Mirror.

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Taking to Reddit, she said: “I hate traveling by bus. Since I can’t avoid taking the bus given it’s the only way I can get to college from my house, I have found certain ways to cope with that. I always keep a plastic bag close in case I have to use it and I always reserve a window seat close to the door. This method has worked in the past and I try to implement it every time I have to travel.”

But when she boarded the bus, she saw a woman in her 70s sitting in her seat. She said: “I am socially awkward so as nice as I could, I explained to her that she was sitting in my seat – I had reserved the window and she had the aisle. She said sorry, she thought it was hers and moved. Everything was fine after that, or so I thought.”

When the bus came to its first stop, another woman confronted her about making the elderly woman move along the row. The young woman added: “She told me I should’ve just let her have the seat because the window was closed anyway (the bus had AC) so there wasn’t any difference, that the lady really liked the window seat and it didn’t suppose any effort from me to give it up.

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  • June 25, 2023