Sarah had an incident on the train last week that has been bothering her since it happened, and she’s wondering whether or not she was the jerk, as her family was split, and the whole situation was upsetting and left her pretty shaken.
Happy New Year!
Sarah was traveling down to visit her Uncle for New Year, who has been struggling with cancer and couldn’t spend time with the whole family during Christmas including her two kids, ages 4 and 7. It was a pretty last-minute booking as they weren’t sure if they were going to be able to go.
It was about a 7-hour trip all around, with 4 of that on the train, and Sarah’s kids were really tired and everything was a bit overwhelming, so she didn’t see a problem with sitting in the seats marked as reserved while the train was still pretty empty.
She Stayed Quiet
The journey was quiet, and they got to have a bit of rest and have a few drinks and some food, which the kids appreciated since it was such a long day for them. However, when people came on looking for their seats, Sarah stayed quiet and hoped their seats weren’t theirs.
They Were in His Seat!
A man walked up and down the train a few times before starting to ask people if they could move, which Sarah thought was pretty rude when he could easily have just sat in another seat for now since the train wasn’t that full. However, it turned out that Sarah’s daughter was sitting in the seat this guy had reserved, and when he aggressively said to her that she was in his seat, she kind of looked a bit startled and looked to Sarah.
He Was Pretty Rude to Everyone
Sarah had been watching this guy be rude to other passengers and was pretty angry that he’d speak to her daughter the same way, rather than looking to her and asking politely. “She’s seven and is obviously with me,” Sarah said. “I told her to stay where she was as there weren’t any other seats she could move to that were next to me and suggested he sit somewhere else as there were more than a few seats dotted around.”
He Grabbed a Member of Staff
However, the man went off muttering and came back a few minutes later with a member of staff and started shouting how they had stolen his seats that he’d paid money for and they weren’t even supposed to be on the train, which led to the woman checking their tickets and Sarah explaining that they were just tired and didn’t think it would have been a problem to sit in the seats while the train wasn’t full.
To the man’s fury, the woman told them not to worry and also suggested that he sit elsewhere, but he started shouting about how they had stolen his seat and children weren’t above the law.
He Was Kicked Off!
“Long story short, he was told that he needed to get off the train at the next stop as he wasn’t welcome on the service,” Sarah said. “At this point, both of my kids were pretty shaken, and I regretted the whole journey, but I wasn’t sure what I could even do at this point.”
Was He Crazy or Was She a Jerk?
Sarah was left wondering whether she was the jerk for creating this situation, as part of her thought that the man was just crazy and was going to cause an argument with somebody even if it wasn’t them, but she wasn’t sure.
It’s Not a Big Deal
“I just wanted my kids to have a comfortable journey and not be bothered by rude people,” Sarah said. “I didn’t think it was a big deal to sit in the reserved seats when the train was empty, but I guess I was wrong. I just wish the whole situation didn’t happen, and we could have had a peaceful journey.”
The Internet Responded
This commenter posted, “He paid for that seat, and your level of entitlement is staggering. I’m honestly shocked that the staff member sided so blatantly with you. If the train, “Wasn’t that full,” why would you sit in the reserved spots?”
Another Internet Comment
Another person commented, “You were in stolen seats, saw the guy trying to find his seats, said nothing, even though you suspected you were in his seats, then refused to move when he figured it out. You were absolutely the problem. I have three young children and might have sat there when it was empty, but seeing him searching for his seat, I would have spoken up right then and asked if we were in one of his seats.”
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