A Man Felt Uncomfortable when A Woman Sat Next to Him on An Empty Train so He Moved Seats, but The Woman Reacted Aggressively

A man had boarded a train as part of his daily work commute, which was thankfully very quiet. However, despite the quiet train, somebody sat right next to him, leading him to make a decision that caused a fellow passenger to become upset. 

His Seat Choice

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The man explained that he had a comfortable seating arrangement thanks to the quiet train: “I was sitting in the aisle seat of one of those 2 facing 2 configured benches. The rest of the train was relatively empty, so I didn’t feel bad sitting in an area made for groups.”

He Was Joined

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However, despite the ample seating available all across the train, a woman approached the man and asked if she could sit with him. He said yes, assuming she would choose the empty seat diagonal to him, pulling in his legs to make room. 

An Inconsiderate Choice

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However, to the man’s surprise, the woman opted to sit directly next to him. This was frustrating, as whilst he didn’t mind sitting with other people, his legs were now crammed together with hers, despite there being plenty of space elsewhere.

Choosing Personal Space

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The man, believing that he was not inclined to sit next to someone if there were other seats available, decided to act without making a fuss. He simply smiled and moved to the fully open aisle seat across from where he was originally seated.

An Unpleasant Reaction

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However, the woman took offense to his move. “She was livid and complained ‘You don’t have to move’, to which I replied ‘I’d prefer not to sit directly next to anyone if possible’”, the man recounted. 

Expressing Her Disapproval

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Instead of understanding the man’s valid comment and switching to the opposite seat, the woman harshly judged the man. “She started sucking her teeth and huffing, shaking her head, and sighing”, he laughed.

A Further Comment

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The woman eventually stopped complaining, and the train began to fill up. As more passengers entered the train, somebody chose to sit next to the woman. In response, she looked at the man and stated, “At least some people are friendly!”

Defending His Choice

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The man couldn’t believe that the woman was making such a fuss over his choice. He observed that there were dozens of other free seats, so he wondered why on earth the woman was so determined to sit right next to him.

Comparing to Urinal Etiquette

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To explain his views, the man drew an amusing analogy to urinal etiquette. “You don’t just post up directly next to a dude at a urinal if there are plenty of others open”, he laughed. “I have no problem sitting directly beside someone if the train is crowded or anything, it’s just strange to me to not want your own personal space if you have that option.”

Questioning His Actions 

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Despite firmly believing he had done nothing wrong, the man did feel somewhat guilty. He recognized that his choice had clearly made the woman feel uncomfortable, as he was clearly moving only to get away from her. 

Seeking Validation 

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The man headed to his favorite online forum during his journey, immediately describing the event to get it off his mind. He was relieved to see that everyone agreed with his perspective. “Haha, that’s just weird… her, not you”, laughed one reader empathetically.

Entitled to His Preference 

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Not a single reader felt that the man’s choice was out of order. “There’s nothing wrong with wanting personal space and boundaries”, someone defended. “It sounds like she was one of those people who enjoy chatting with others in public spaces. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s definitely not for everyone. To each their own, just be polite about it, which you were.”

A Potential Thief

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Interestingly, some readers agreed with a comment that suggested the woman had evil intentions. “She was probably trying to pickpocket you”, the comment accused. “If someone on public transportation gets that close to you without reason, it is most likely either to grope you or to rob you.”

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