A man has been absolutely blasted online after posting a rant about not wanting to give up his seat on a bus to a heavily pregnant woman.
Sharing a post on the ‘Am I an a**hole’ Reddit thread the man said his family “completely lost their minds” when he told them what happened and now he wanted some other opinions.
Explaining that he worked 10-hour shifts on his feet all day, the man started by explaining he “genuinely cherishes” his time sitting on the bus on the way home.
“So last night I’m on the bus, and a very heavily pregnant lady gets on. She looks around for a seat, only to find there are no available ones left. I’m the closest to her,” he wrote, adding he tried to ignore her but when she straight up asked him, he simply said no.
“I wasn’t rude or anything, I just told her no, I’ve had a long day and my feet are sore. I don’t want to give up my seat.
“She started crying about how she’s a pregnant single mom, and I told her I’m sorry, but that was her personal choice and she can’t expect other people to accommodate her life choices.”
But his next comment really got people fired up.
“We live in a state where birth control and abortions are free, so I don’t know why this should be my problem. It’s not my fault she decided to have a baby when she can’t afford a car,” he continued.
“After going back and forth for a bit, an old man finally shouted that I’m a ‘worthless punk’ and offered his seat to the lady. He started ranting and raving about the ‘damn millennials’ and I just looked the other way and pretended I didn’t hear it.”
Things reached their peak when the bus driver apparently had to hit the brakes while the older man and pregnant woman were trading places and both ended up falling over.
“They started yelling at me, calling me all sorts of nasty names, but I just looked the other way and ignored it,” the poster said.
“When I got home and told my sister, she flipped the f*** out and went crying to our parents, who also chewed my a*** out.”
While he may have expected to garner some sympathy on his behalf, his post clearly backfired spectacularly, with over 1000 people commenting on the thread and the huge majority arguing he was pretty much the ‘worst person ever’.
“You didn't ask her to be pregnant, but you can, as an able-bodied otherwise healthy person just choose to be nice. By being a selfish grumpy bugger a heavily pregnant person and an old person fell over. Bringing up the contraception/abortion/'breeding' angle too really makes you an a**,” was one person’s angry response.
“Yeah, whats next, blaming an old person for being old? Blaming deformed people for being born? You see someone who needs a seat, you give it to them,” another agreed.
One woman said she have worked night shifts on her feet for 12 hours previously and was now pregnant so she could see both sides, but still thought he should have given up his seat.
“I’d still give up my seat for anyone who needed it,” she said. “I’m also now 7 months pregnant. I can say I was definitely more tired after those night shifts than I am now, but my body is so incredibly sore. It’s like nothing I could have imagined. My hips are all loose and I’ve got pain everywhere (my back, my hips, my butt, my friggen vagina, everywhere). OP is an a**.”
Others said it was just “common courtesy”.
“You didn't show common courtesy by giving up your seat to someone who needs it much more. As in, if you fall during transit you might get a bruise, if she fell during transit, she might lose her child,” one said. “No matter now tired you are she's more likely to have an accident while standing during transit than you.”
The man did have a few defenders with many pointing out that there were likely plenty of other people on the bus she could have asked when he said no.
“To be fair he was obviously not the only person on that bus so I don't see why the woman couldn't ask someone else after he refused,” one person wrote. “I used to ride the train a lot, utterly full like a sardine can and if one person refused or ignored you you could easily ask another.”
Another agreed: “Sorry folks, but I'm gonna go ‘not the a**hole’. And while his word choices were poor to say the least, the point stands that just because she is pregnant, doesn't mean she's entitled to his seat. Buses have lots of seats and I am dead sure that she could found a different one by walking a few more steps. Sorry, but just cause she got knocked up doesn't mean the world needs to cater to her. Should he have moved? Maybe, but that is a personal choice based on personal values. It should not just be expected.”
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