Man defended after refusing to give crying child his spot on final F1 test ride of day
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Internet users have jumped to the defence of a man who refused to let a young child cut in front of him for the last F1 test drive experience of the day.
I'm sure lots of exasperated parents will be used to giving in to crying kids just to make the sadness go away, but when the child isn't yours, it can be much easier to ignore.
That looks to be exactly what one car fan chose to do when in with a chance of experiencing an F1 car.
See for yourself below:
The man in the clip was waiting in a queue to try out an F1 test drive simulation; an experience which allows visitors to sit in an F1 car and steer while the road ahead plays out on a giant screen.
He was joined in the queue by a couple of young kids and another man, though a sign at the exhibit warned visitors that it closed at 4:55pm.
"Please consider this when joining the queue," the sign said.
The experience lasts for just three minutes, but it must have been nearing closing time as the man was told he was 'the last one able to ride' on that day.
After learning that there was only slot left, one of the kids in the queue apparently asked the man whether they could trade places, meaning they'd get the last ride of the day.
But after patiently waiting his turn, the man wasn't about to give up his opportunity.
The clip, which has gone viral on TikTok, showed him looking awkwardly at the kids behind him before jumping in to the F1 car at the exhibit.
Having lost her chance at driving the car, the upset little girl was left leaning in to the shirt of the man with her, seemingly in tears.
It's unfortunate that the little girl didn't get to ride in the car, but people who've watched the video seem largely in agreement: the man was not to blame for her missing out.
TikTokers have jumped to the man's defence as they argued that children need to learn they don't always get everything they want in life, with one responding to the video to describe it as a 'character building moment'.
Other viewers blamed the girl's parents for not joining the queue sooner, and some noted that the man who accompanied the girl looked to be grinning slightly as the other guy enjoyed the test ride, seemingly not too heartbroken over the youngster missing out.
The experience is definitely a life lesson for the kid, and the man can be rest assured that he gained not only the knowledge of what it's like to drive an F1 car, but the support of the internet in doing so.