Woman Refuses To Take Bag Off Seat, Gets Taught Lesson

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Losing Patience

“If you remove her, we’ll have one more seat”, a passenger shouted behind them, but things would take a surprising turn.

Jessica could only look at the woman’s face turned to a smirk “This is my personal space!”, She shouted. “No, it’s not” replied another passenger. The officer wasn’t feeling patient.

Train Etiquette

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When people own cars and drive every day they only have to deal with other traffic. If when using public transport, all sorts of troubles can arise when other passengers are fatigued and annoyed.

There are unspoken rules when it comes to the road, and that’s the same for the train. One day when a woman decided to break the rules people decided to teach her a lesson she wouldn’t forget.

Rush-Hour Train

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After a long day of working Jessica Huit ran to make it to her train. She thought she could rest easy once she got there, she was mistaken.

New York was always a place that never rested. Trains were always packed no matter when she hopped on them.

From Bad To Worse

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Being on a packed train can be uncomfortable to say the least. Sometimes it’s just so full that you can’t even find a seat.

When it’s very packed people should only take up one seat, otherwise, they are just being selfish. So Jessica was in aw of what she saw on the train.

The Search

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Jessica had prepared for a packed train and was happy to at least put her feet up for a small while. It was an hour-long trip after all.

She maneuvered past the crowd to finally find a seat that wasn’t taken. She was happy she wouldn’t have to stand for an hour.

An Empty Seat!

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The seat was next to a woman, but she wondered why no one had taken the seat yet. There were plenty of people standing, what gives?

The seat was completely free except for a small shopping bag. She walked over to the woman and asked her if she could move it. She wasn’t ready for the answer.

Bad Behavior

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It’s normal that people in a confined space bump into each other when a train is packed. But it seems that these conditions can sometimes bring out the worst people have to offer.

Some people play loud music or eat obnoxiously. Others shout loudly into their phones. But what this woman did there was no excusing her.

The Rules Didn’t Apply To Her

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Jessica asked politely if she could sit on the empty seat.

The woman’s Louis Vuitton bag was sitting in the empty seat next to her. But Jessica would soon learn what it meant for somebody to be selfish.

Tension Rising

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The woman flat-out ignored Jessica, with earphones in her ears and her eyes firmly fixed on her phone. She acted as though she didn’t know she was there.

At this point, the train had stopped again and security had entered the carriage. It was then that Jessica felt the tension in the train surrounding her. She looked around at annoyed faces aimed towards the young woman.

The Officers

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Jessica suddenly realized she wasn’t the first to ask for this seat and to be ignored or rejected. It was immediately obvious that these officers were here to see her.

Jessica stepped back and watched the scene unfold. The officer passed her and made a beeline for the young woman. Someone must have already reported her. What did she do?

Don’t Touch My Stuff!

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The officer motions toward her and her bag, and tells her to place it in the overhead compartment. “No…. don’t touch my stuff,” she cries, swatting his hand away.

The officer then says, sounding fed up, “Maam, put it up there or I’m gonna get you off the train right now.”

Staying Calm

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The officer reached out his hand to move her bag for her. “Don’t put your hands on my stuff!” she snapped again as she took out her earphones and looked up from under her cap.

The officer took back his hand and asked calmly, “Can we have somebody sitting there?” “No,” she replied, “I don’t want anyone sitting next to me. There’s more seats available!”

Holding Everybody Up

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The man squeezed into the seat next to her couldn’t bear any more. He interrupts her tirade, saying: “It’s already a late train, you’re delaying everybody.”

The woman shoots him a withering look and continues her standoff with the officer. She refuses to budge. But the other passengers on the train had had enough.

The Crowd

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Now, the annoyance of the crowd became undeniable as the surrounding passengers answered in an uproar. “There isn’t space!”, “No, there isn’t space!”, “There’s standing room only”, they heatedly declared.

Jessica thought this woman must have been denying everyone this seat. There were so many people standing. The officer continued.

Consequences

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He was getting more stern now. “Ma’am, take off that bag or I’ll take you off the train right now,” he said. Jessica could feel the anger of the crowd. She must have been acting in this entitled manner for a while.

“If you remove her, we’ll have one more seat,” another passenger yelled from the back. But this just made things worse.

Hurling Insults

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The entitled woman then looks up and shouts to a passenger standing near her: “You’re not disabled, you’re not pregnant. I don’t want your bed bugs. I don’t want your smell. You’re disgusting.”

Jessica couldn’t believe the woman’s audacity. She obviously thought she was too good to be on the train in the first place. Still, she carried on.

Personal Space

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“This is my personal space!” the young woman screamed. “No, it’s not,” replied another passenger. Now, the officer was quickly losing his patience.

She continued, “I don’t care if I’m 90 pounds, 50 pounds, or 300 pounds, this is my personal space!” Jessica suddenly understood why everyone was looking at her with such disdain. Meanwhile, the officer reached his boiling point. He had enough.

Taking Action

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“I want her off the train. Get her off the train,” he said angrily as he waved at his fellow men to escort her off. The young woman looked shocked. Completely rattled that anyone could tell her what to do.

“You want your personal space? You’ll have it outside,” he declared as an erruption of applause echoed in agreement from the passengers.

Stalemate

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The woman stared at the officer over her phone – looking incredulous that someone had called her on her rude behavior. But she still wasn’t backing down.

Still, she point-blank refused to comply, even though she had delayed the train by 25 minutes already. But the officer wasn’t about to back down either.

Walk Of Shame

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Reluctantly, the woman sat, unmoving in her seat until the other officers started to stride towards her. She rolled her eyes and shook her head as she rose from her seat and took her bags.

She left the train with the officers with an attitude Jessica had never seen. Jessica wondered how someone could feel so entitled as to make other people stand for her.

Online Reaction

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The video was posted online by a fellow passenger and its viewers were equally frustrated with the young woman as the train passengers.

“Perfect example of someone who feels “entitled… just plain selfish,” one user wrote. While another added, “When a whole bunch of strangers asks you to leave, you should know something is wrong.”

Everyone Felt The Same

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I’m glad someone recorded it. Her bad behavior will haunt her for a long time because of this video. It’s not hard to be kind, one YouTube user wrote.

Girl…. buy yourself a car or a helicopter where you can decide who gets in or not, lol, another wrote. But another user brought up a good point: “‘You’re not disabled’… plenty of people have non-visible disabilities! What a vile woman.”

NJ Transit Speaks Out

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In reaction to the now-viral video, a spokeswoman for NJ Transit said: “We encourage customers to make every seat available by placing bags on their laps or on overhead luggage racks and complying with the direction of train crews.”

In response, the woman who uploaded the video assured her that passengers weren’t upset at NJ Transit, but rather at the woman who had delayed everybody’s trip.

Taking A Seat

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After the young woman left and the officer gave the train the all-clear to start moving again, Jessica was gestured to take the seat by another passenger standing beside her.

It was such an opposite reaction of what had just taken place that Jessica couldn’t help but feel extremely touched by this kind stranger. It was like he restored her faith in humanity right there and then.

City Living

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Thankfully, Jessica never encountered such selfish behavior on the train since that day but still wanders around the packed train after work in the hope of an empty seat.

“It’s the price you pay for living in a city like New York. There are both good and bad displays of behavior all around us. That’s what makes us human right? Seeing something bad and making it right”.