One woman bought an expensive train ticket in a first-class seat, only for it to be a priority seat. When an elderly woman asked her to give up the seat, she refused before being praised on the internet for her actions!
A Grueling Journey Begins
Jane embarked on a train journey from London to Aberdeen, a seven-hour venture across the United Kingdom.
A First-Class Ticket With Second-Class Treatment
Opting for a first-class seat, she made this choice to treat herself after a 2-week work trip due to the comfort and space benefits of traveling first-class.
Expensive but Worth It, Most of the Time
First-class carriages in the UK are extremely expensive, but offer the advantage of “individual seats,” providing privacy and room for personal activities.
Assigned the Disabled Seat
Upon boarding the train in London and settling into her designated seat, Jane found herself in the “priority seat,” typically reserved for passengers with mobility issues due to age or disability, as that’s the seat she was assigned to by the booking company.
A Tough Dilemma Emerges
Shortly after, a woman in her sixties approached Jane, asserting her need for the priority seat due to her age.
Refusing to Move
Jane politely explained that she had booked the seat in advance and directed her to the train staff for assistance in finding another available seat.
Train Guard Intervenes
A train guard intervened, attempting to resolve the situation with the elderly woman who held an “open ticket” with no specific seat reservation.
In the UK’s rail system, open tickets grant the flexibility to travel on any train but do not guarantee a seat without a reservation.
Standing Her Ground for Good
The train guard proposed moving either Jane or the woman to the standard class if a seat could be found, a suggestion Jane declined, reiterating her prior reservation and the necessity for the designated seat.
Efforts were made to accommodate the woman in standard class, and it is assumed she was eventually provided with a seat, but Jane was left with reservations.
Never Giving In to Peer Pressure
Jane, although empathetic, stood by her decision to retain her booked seat, showing resilience in a situation that she claimed was out of her control.
Selfish Tendencies or a Defiant Act?
After the journey, Jane started having second thoughts about her decision to refuse to give her priority seat to someone who needed it more, “I felt bad, but I also don’t think I needed to put myself in severe discomfort because someone else didn’t think ahead and reserve a seat,” she said.
Brutal Reddit Feedback
Asking Reddit for advice, Jane now has feedback from users about her decision, and they were brutal!
“The Lady Pulled a Fast One”
In a shocking twist, Reddit users accused the elderly woman of being cheap, “I think the lady tried to pull a fast one to save a few bucks by not reserving a seat,” one user said.
“Also sounds like the lady was trying to get a first class seat on a standard ticket.” another added.
Rail Company Branded Sexist
One Reddit user even accused the company of sexism, “Single female travelers are always asked to give up seats in such situations,” they argued.
Should She Have Moved?
Was Jane correct to stand her ground, or should she have given up her seat for the elderly woman? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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