A Man was Catching the Last Bus Home at 23:00, but When He Refused to Give up His Space For a Woman and Small Child She Started Crying

A new employee named John faces a dilemma when a woman with a child asks him to give up his place on the last bus home from his night shift at work, leaving him wondering if he made the right decision.

The Bus Arrived

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A new employee named John had just finished his night shift at 23:00 and was waiting in a queue for the last bus home, which was scheduled to arrive at 23:30, but when the bus arrived, it was already packed.

Women and Children… Last?

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The driver announced that he could only take three more people, leaving John and two other people in the queue. A woman with a child of about 4 or 5 years of age showed up and asked John if she could take his place on the bus because her child was cold, hungry, and tired.

He Said No

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But John refused, explaining that he lived too far away to walk home and apologized, and the woman began crying and calling him an jerk for not giving up his place on the bus.

John Felt Conflicted

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John was left feeling conflicted and wondered if he was in the wrong for not giving up his place on the bus. He had checked the bus times beforehand and had made sure to arrive at the queue early to secure his spot, and he couldn’t walk home because he lived too far away and wasn’t familiar with the route.

He Wasn’t a Local Man

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John explained his situation, saying, “I don’t live local. I would have had to walk about two and a half hours home if I actually knew the way. It was the second time I had traveled to work, and I’m still unfamiliar with the route; the likelihood of me getting lost would be extremely high.”

It May Have Been Late

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He also pointed out that the buses in his city had a reputation for being late, not showing up, or being canceled, and that it was possible that the bus beforehand was canceled, which was why the bus was so full.

A Bit More Detail

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He said, “To give further clarification, the mother and child would have had to stand because there was nowhere to sit at all. I was standing right next to the driver’s cabin myself, she would have been standing right next to the door, blocking his mirror with nothing to hold onto for safety. Furthermore, I don’t think kids are even allowed to stand up on the bus for safety reasons, although I can’t be too certain on that.”

He Was Torn

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John was torn between feeling guilty for not giving up his place on the bus and feeling justified in his decision because of his own circumstances. He wondered if there was a way he could have handled the situation better or if he was truly in the wrong.

The Internet Responded

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This commenter posted, “It does really suck for the mother but having a child does not automatically give her special privileges. I am a mother to 3 kids and, while I would be upset if I was on the receiving end, that doesn’t give me any special approval to cut in line.”

More Internet Comments

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Another person commented this opinion, “Yeah OP is definitely not in the wrong but I’m not inclined to call her a jerk and instead I’ll go with no jerks here. It was late at night, cold, and she was alone and scared with a dependent child. We don’t know her financials and she might not have been able to afford a cab. This sounds more like she was stressed and scared than entitled and I am inclined not to blame her.”

A Final Comment

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This last person wrote, “She was fine in asking. But when he said no and apologized she demanded and called him a jerk. That makes her a jerk. We don’t know OPs financials or situation and neither did she. She just felt she was more entitled than the stranger she decided to harass.”

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