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Man Defends Decision Not To Give Up Seat On Bus For Pregnant Woman

Rebecca Shepherd


Man Defends Decision Not To Give Up Seat On Bus For Pregnant Woman

When you're sitting on packed public transport - whether it's a bus, tube or train - it's an established social norm to give up your seat if an old person gets on, someone with a walking aid or a pregnant woman.

But one man has spoken about his decision not to give up his seat for a mother-to-be that got on the bus after he'd finished a 'long day' at work and had 'sore feet'.

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Credit: PA

The man took to Reddit to get some opinions after saying that his family 'completely lost their minds' when he got home and explained his situation.

He wrote about how he's been getting the bus since a car crash and is waiting to get a new vehicle. In the meantime he 'cherishes' the time spent sitting on his ride home and doesn't believe he should give up his seat for someone who is carrying a baby because that is 'her personal choice'.

On the Reddit thread, he wrote: "So last night I'm on the bus, and a very heavily pregnant lady gets on. She looks around for a seat, only to find there are no available ones left. I'm the closest to her, so she starts giving me the imploring eyes."

Eventually, the woman started talking to the anonymous fella and we assume asked him for a seat.

He continued: "I wasn't rude or anything, I just told her no, I've had a long day and my feet are sore. I don't want to give up my seat.

"She started crying about how she's a pregnant single mom, and I told her I'm sorry, but that was her personal choice and she can't expect other people to accommodate her life choices.

"We live in a state where birth control and abortions are free, so I don't know why this should be my problem. It's not my fault she decided to have a baby when she can't afford a car."

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Credit: PA

The bloke went on to say that an old man shouted over that he was a 'worthless punk' before ranting about 'damn millennials' to which the author of the post opted to pretend not to hear.

Upon arriving home, the guy says he told his sister who 'flipped the f*** out' before his parents went on to 'chew his ass' about his unwillingness to give up the seat.

Asking for opinions, one person replied: "The whole giving up seats for the pregnant and the elderly thing isn't because they're pregnant/elderly, it's because these particular groups are more likely to fall and suffer serious injuries when they do."

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Credit: PA

Someone else added: "You are complaining about 'having sore feet' when her feet probably were hurting worse than yours. Trust me. Hers were hurting worse than yours.

"Another thing is the way you're talking about her is nasty. You're implying that she should have either not gotten pregnant or had an abortion which is ridiculous as F***. You're also implying that she's too poor to be a mother just because she's taking the bus."

They went on to say: "The way you're talking and acting about the entire situation is ridiculous. You should be entirely ashamed of yourself."

Defending the original poster, another said: "Busses are generally first come, first serve. No one bought that seat. Yeah, culturally it might be considered the right thing to do, but there is no obligation. The way he acted, talked and told the story makes him an AH [a**hole], but not the fact that he did not give up the seat."

Ok, kind of defended... but still called him an a**hole.

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Topics: Viral, Community, Bus, Pregnant

Rebecca Shepherd
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