A 19-year-old woman recently asked an online forum if she was wrong for not moving her bags when the bus began to fill with passengers.
The young woman had been shopping and said she had several large, heavy bags.
“A couple of days ago, I was on a bus that wasn’t that busy. Not empty, but there were multiple unused seats, and no one had to stand. I had just gone shopping and had heavy bags that were hard to carry and hardly fit in front of my legs.”
She Used Up Two Seats.
She claimed the bags were “super heavy and hurt to carry,” so she placed them on the seat beside her.
“I sat in one seat and placed my bags on the seat next to me, essentially taking up two seats on my own. Since it wasn’t crowded when I got on, I didn’t see an issue.”
A Long Journey.
The woman made herself comfortable and thought nothing more of the bag situation.
“The bus ride was kind of long and as it went on, more people got on the bus. It eventually got pretty crowded to the point where some people had to stand up.”
She Didn’t Move Her Things.
Even though the bus was clearly busy, she didn’t move her bag or offer the seat to anyone standing up.
“In my experience, most people don’t want to sit next to strangers anyway, and a lot of the time, people will end up standing instead of sitting in an empty seat next to someone they don’t know. Also, no one said anything to me.”
Someone Made A Comment About Her Behavior.
Clearly, her bus etiquette didn’t go unnoticed, and someone confronted the young woman.
“At the last stop (which ended at the bus station where pretty much everyone was getting off), someone passive aggressively told me, ‘you could have moved your bag and not been inconsiderate and rude. Everyone wants to sit, not just you.’ Or something along those lines. I didn’t really respond because I didn’t know what to say.”
She’s Confused Why People Thought She Was Being Rude.
She explained that she didn’t feel she was doing anything wrong because no one had asked if they could take the seat.
“The person who said that never asked me to move my stuff, and if they did, I probably would have. So I don’t understand how I was being rude. They could have asked during the ride instead of insulting me after it was already done. Buses are also generally first come, first serve, so I think my behavior was normal.”
She Wanted Some Answers.
The woman felt confused about the situation, so she went online to seek some advice.
She got it.
People Were Surprised She Even Had To Ask.
Let’s just say that – yes, folks thought she was wrong!
One user said, “Wow – I really thought it would be another one where some creep made her move her bags when there were empty seats because he wanted to sit next to the young girl. Nope – as soon as the bus fills up, you move your stuff. YOU might rather stand but many people would rather sit.”
Users agreed that people shouldn’t have to ask her to move her things – it’s just common sense and common courtesy.
“It brings to mind a phrase I was taught many years ago: ‘Some people have no home training.’”
Most Buses Have A Luggage Storage Area.
And the woman paid for one seat – not two.
“I rode a bus also for about four years through uni, yes, having bags on the bus sucks, no, you don’t get to make it everyone else’s problem. It goes under your feet, between your legs or on your lap in a seat, end of.”
No One Had Any Sympathy For Her.
If the woman sought reassurance that she did nothing wrong – she didn’t get it. One user shared this:
“And judging by this post, she seems like she’d be the type to roll her eyes and huff if someone did end up asking for the seat,” to which someone replied, “No, no, if someone had asked her to move her stuff she PROBABLY would have! You’re a real peach, OP.”
Seats Are For Behinds – Not Bags.
“Barnyard animals have better social skills than OP,” one user succinctly said.
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