A Woman Wearing a Hijab Has to Stand Up For Herself Against a Business Man When He Stole Her Train Seat

Samantha, a 20-year-old woman, stands up for herself and insists on having her reserved seat on a crowded train despite encountering resistance from a male passenger, leaving her wondering if she was the jerk in the situation.

A Good Plan for a Long Journey

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Samantha was excited about her trip to London, but the long and expensive train journey was necessary for work. She had reserved a window seat with a table and socket, which was perfect for charging her phone and watching Netflix to pass the time. However, when she boarded the train, she found that it was full, with standing room only.

A Kind Gesture

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Undeterred, Samantha made her way to her reserved seat, only to find a male in his mid-30’s wearing a suit sitting in it with his bag on the next seat beside him, despite the lack of available seats. Samantha politely asked the man to move his bag so she could sit down. However, she didn’t sit in her actual seat, thinking that she didn’t want to make him shift in such a cramped space.

Sweet Baby

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Instead, Samantha sat down in a nearby seat and struck up a friendly conversation with the older lady opposite her and a young working mom with her baby, who was fascinated by Samantha’s hijaab. Playing with the baby was the only highlight of Samantha’s journey, which was otherwise uneventful.

He Refused to Help

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However, half an hour into the journey, Samantha’s old phone was dying, and she needed it for directions later on. She asked the man if she could plug her charger into the socket to charge her phone, but he refused. Samantha explained that her cable was long enough to reach over the table without bothering him, but he still refused.

A Sour Mood

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At this point, Samantha was getting annoyed. She had a long day ahead, and she didn’t need anything to sour her mood. After the man rejected her request for the third time, Samantha stood up, packed her stuff, pulled out her ticket, and as if she had never sat down in the first place, said, “Hi, excuse me, but you’re sitting in my seat. Please can you move over.”

He Was Furious

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The man was furious, and the whole carriage was watching. He ignored Samantha, but the train attendant arrived, and Samantha asked again with them present. The attendant overheard and also asked the man to hurry up and switch seats with Samantha so he could get by. The man was forced to move.

The Old Lady Tried to Help

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After the incident, the older lady opposite Samantha offered her socket to her, but Samantha declined, as having cables crossing diagonally over everyone’s stuff wasn’t comfortable, especially with the baby. The lady said that Samantha didn’t need to cause a commotion, but Samantha said it was an easy and polite thing to do and became a matter of principle. Some passengers agreed with the older lady, and Samantha began to wonder if she had made a mistake by insisting on her reserved seat.

Was She the Jerk?

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Samantha was left wondering if she was the jerk in this situation. She had stood up for herself, but had she caused unnecessary drama and inconvenience to others? Was it worth it to insist on her reserved seat, or should she have just let it go?

Reflections

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After reflecting on the incident, Samantha realized that she had done the right thing. She had paid for her reserved seat, and it was her right to sit in it. She had also been polite and respectful in her interactions with the man and the train attendant.

She Had to Assert Herself

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Moreover, Samantha realized that it was important to stand up for herself, especially as a woman wearing a hijaab. She was often expected to be meek and submissive, but she knew that she had to assert herself in situations like these.

Not Weak or Passive

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“Just because I wear a hijaab doesn’t mean I’m weak or passive,” Samantha said to her friend. “I have a right to my space and my belongings, and I won’t let anyone take that away from me.”

Her Friend Agreed

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Samantha’s friend agreed with her and praised her for standing up for herself. “You did the right thing,” she said. “Don’t let anyone make you feel like you’re in the wrong.”

She Felt Empowered

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Samantha felt empowered by her friend’s words and knew that she had made the right decision. She had stood up for herself and her rights, and that was something to be proud of.

The Internet Responded

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This commenter wrote, “Odds unfortunately are high that the lady and the rest of the carriage reacted the way they did because of your appearance/visual expression of your faith. All of them are a bit jerkish for that. Sort of like how here in the USA people of color or sometimes simply women of any color are expected to “tone down” completely normal and valid reactions. Good on you for toning it up OP!”

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Another person commented, “What a scummy, entitled guy. And the old lady is a disappointment too. People often talk about injustice as an inconvenience if it isn’t against them. You are absolutely wonderful, and good train company. And I love the skit you did pretending to have just arrived. He deserved it. (And more).”

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