A Broke Woman on A Crowded Bus Takes up Two Seats for Herself, when A Passenger Calls Her Selfish She Doesn’t Know how To Respond

Emily, a 19-year-old woman who can’t afford a car, rides the bus and takes up two seats with her heavy bags, but when the bus gets crowded, someone tells her she’s being inconsiderate and rude, leaving her unsure of how to respond.

No Car, No Problem

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Emily is a 19-year-old woman living in the US who rides the bus because she can’t afford a car, insurance, gas, etc. A couple of days ago, she was on a bus that wasn’t that busy, so she sat in one seat and placed her heavy bags on the seat next to her.

Two Seats for One Ticket

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She was essentially taking up two seats on her own, not seeing an issue since it wasn’t crowded when she got on and her bags were hard to carry and hardly fit in front of her legs. She didn’t know where else she could put her bags if she wanted to anyway.

It Got Pretty Crowded

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As the bus ride went on, more and more people got on the bus, and it eventually got pretty crowded to the point where some people had to stand up, but Emily never moved her bag or offered the seat to anyone.

Stranger Danger

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She thought that most people didn’t want to sit next to strangers anyway and that people would end up standing instead of sitting in an empty seat next to someone they didn’t know, and no one said anything to her.

A Strange Comment

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However, at the last stop, someone passive-aggressively told Emily that she could have moved her bag and not been inconsiderate and rude, saying, “Everyone wants to sit, not just you,” or something along those lines, leaving Emily unsure of how to respond.

They Could Have Asked

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Emily felt that the person who said that could have asked her to move her stuff during the ride instead of insulting her after it was already done, and since busses are generally first-come, first-serve, she thought her behavior was normal.

Was She Rude?

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“I didn’t understand how I was being rude,” Emily said. “The person could have asked me to move my bags, and I probably would have. But instead, they insulted me after the fact, which wasn’t fair.”

It Could Have Been Handled Better

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Emily felt that the situation could have been handled better, but she also acknowledged that she could have been more considerate of others on the bus and offered the seat or moved her bags if she had realized how crowded it was getting.

The Internet Responded

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This commenter wrote, “If you were standing you wouldn’t be offended that someone thought their bags were more worthy of a seat than you are? Bags don’t have bad backs or get tired after a long day & don’t even know if they are on the floor or a seat. The decent & respectful thing to do is just put your bag on your lap or between your feet.”

More Internet Comments

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Another person commented, “I agree, if you want to stand and have your bags in the seat, fine, you are still taking only one seat. But if that bus is crowding up, you consolidate best you can to that one seat. They shouldn’t have to ask you to make room.”

A Final Comment

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This last person wrote this opinion, “Exactly! I rode a bus also for about 4 years through Uni, yes having bags on the bus sucks, no you don’t get to make it everyone else’s problem. It goes under your feet, between your legs or on your lap, end of.”

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