A Pregnant Woman Was Told by An Elderly Woman to Give up Her Bus Seat, but When She Refused She Received Judgemental Glares from Other Passengers

A 26-year-old woman was embarking on her daily commute to work. Whilst the journey was long and uncomfortable, she had become used to it, but this time her journey had a controversial surprise in store for her. 

The Lengthy Bus Journey

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Every day before an eight-hour shift at work, the woman had to endure a lengthy two-hour bus journey. She typically boarded the bus at the first stop and disembarked at the very last. 

Bearing Her Baby

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To make matters even more exhausting, the woman was 18 weeks pregnant. Before she became pregnant, she would typically go upstairs upon boarding the double-decker bus, due to the busyness of the bottom deck. 

Extra Difficulties

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On this particular day, the woman was having to endure even more strain. “I had about 4-5 slightly heavy bags with me and didn’t feel safe trying to get up the stairs with them especially since I’m 18 weeks pregnant, so I sat on the seat downstairs.”

Taking the Last Seat

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The bus was even busier than normal on this day, but thankfully, she spotted a seat on the bottom deck. However, it was a close call, as it was the last lower-deck seat remaining. 

A Busy Bus

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The lady took her seat, and the bus gradually emptied out throughout the journey, although this was short-lived as it filled up again halfway through the journey. 

An Old Lady Embarked

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Just as the bus had filled up again, an elderly lady with a walking stick boarded the bus and began to approach the woman. “She asked me to move, and she wasn’t even polite about it”, the woman explained. “I thought she wanted me to move over so she could sit next to me, so I moved my bags and started to scoot over.”

Misunderstanding the Request

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However, the elderly lady’s request was misunderstood. She declared: “No, I meant can you find another seat; this seat is reserved for disabled people. You are clearly not disabled. There are plenty of seats upstairs.”

Clarifying Her Situation

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Perplexed by the situation, the woman responded, “Sorry, I really don’t feel safe going up the stairs with all these bags”. However, the elderly lady was unsatisfied with this response and retorted, “I don’t want to sit next to anybody; I don’t feel safe. So move your lazy fat behind and give the seat to someone who needs it.”

Reluctantly Playing the Pregnancy Card

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Not wanting to escalate the situation, the woman reluctantly said, “Lady, I am pregnant. I am not going up those stairs with these bags and risking a fall. If you really want a seat to yourself, ask someone else to move.”

A Kind Gesture From a Stranger

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Before the confrontation could escalate further, a man seated across from her intervened. He stood up and offered his seat to the elderly lady, who accepted the offer. He then proceeded to the upper deck, but not before giving the woman a disapproving look.

Telling Her Story

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The woman was shocked by the inconsideration of the elderly woman and the man. She knew that she had done nothing wrong, but these people had her second-guessing herself, so she posted her story online for second opinions. “Some older people think their age entitles them to respect, yet they’re the ones lacking manners”, one reader lamented. 

The Internet Had Her Back

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Thankfully, everyone reading the woman’s post defended her profusely. “You are 18 weeks pregnant and you were making the right decision to keep you and baby safe”, reassured one commenter. “Old people can be so entitled and annoying sometimes!”

Not All Disabilities Are Visible

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One comment in particular attracted a lot of attention, all of it being agreeable. “Not all disabilities are visible”, the writer reminded everyone. “The comment about you clearly not being disabled was ignorant, at best. Even if you were disabled and in the designated seats, you would not have owed her an explanation.”

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