Woman refused to move bag off train seat for 'demanding' man - and people think she's right

The woman refused to move her bag off the train seat (STOCK IMAGE)
The woman refused to move her bag off the train seat (STOCK IMAGE) -Credit:Getty Images/iStockphoto

A woman who refused to move her bag off a train seat for another passenger has been praised for her actions. Often, people blocking spare seats are roundly criticised, but Reddit users were quick to support her in the wake of her experience.

The woman, who is in her 30s, posted on the forum the recent situation, where she was on a carriage with around five or six others. Given there were many free seats, she sat at a block of four and spread her belongings out over the other spots, The Mirror reports.

She was taken aback when a random man approached her and asked her to move her bag from one of the seats so he could sit down, despite the carriage being almost empty.

Frustrated at the man's refusal to sit in any of the other vacant seats, the woman moved to another block of four and put her bag down. But just as she was about to get comfortable, the persistent passenger, thought to be in his 50s, turned up again.

Posting on Reddit, the woman wrote: "Before I could even get my shoes off, the dude was standing in front of me and said, 'move your bag'. I asked why. He said that he wanted to sit there.

"I answered that he had been wanting that certain seat that I vacated for him, so I don't see why he would want to switch seats. He scoffed and explained that it was not about the specific seat but about 'entitled people who think their bags deserve a seat'. I told him that I moved once for him and wouldn't move again.

"He made a movement as if he wanted to grab my bag and I raised my voice saying 'don't you f***ing dare!'. He started lamenting about entitled people again. I told him 'I moved for you. There are hundreds of free seats on this train, sit somewhere else."

The man then gave up on trying to prove his point and returned to his seat, where he was heard complaining on the phone about "entitled b*****s" - but the woman reckoned it was a fake call.

She also clarified she would not take up a seat with her bag on a busy train. She said: "To be clear, when a train fills up, I of course gather my stuff and vacate seats around me so that others can sit. But I don't see why I should let some rando boss me around and invade my personal space for no reason."

After she shared her story, most Redditors were on her side, with many commenting the man wouldn't have followed a male passenger around the carriage like that.

One user said: "This guy is a creeper and looking to cause trouble with you, a woman. Good for you, not putting up with it."

Another commented: "If the train was half-empty, it's not his business what you do. After you moved and he followed you, he escalated the situation and frankly, he behaved like a certified creep.

"The move to grab your bag was a big no-no. Good thing you raised your voice: too often women are inculcated by society to be quiet, to be nice, not to cause a scene."

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