He Couldn’t Take It
Continuing from the back, another passenger yelled, “If you remove her, we’ll have one extra seat.” Things were about to go downhill fast!
A drenching of entitlement soaked her face as Jessica watched. “This is my personal space!” she shouted. Another passenger disagreed. As the officer’s patience wore thin, he became increasingly frustrated.
Hustle And Bustle
As Jessica Huit came home from work, she was exhausted. A rush hour was upon her, and she was trying to make it to the train on time.
She had grown accustomed to New York City’s hectic streets. Trains that are constantly overcrowded and commutes that take a long time. During the course of the journey, she had seen just about everything.
A Long Day
Jessica was fatigued by the time she got on her train. Even though she knew there would be some congestion, she at least wanted to find a seat to settle in for the hour-and-a-half-long ride.
She pushed through those who were blocking the aisle as she searched for a vacant seat. She roamed aimlessly through the compartments until finding one.
The Perfect Spot
She finally made it to the last carriage. There was one open seat next to one woman. She scanned the carriage to see if there was a reason why nobody else had taken the seat.
The only thing that was on the seat was a bag. She decided to approach the young woman to ask if she could sit down. Never in a million years could she have anticipated what would go down next.
They Weren’t Happy
The woman didn’t even acknowledge her presence and kept her eyes glued to her phone. She pretended that Jessica didn’t exist.
The train stopped at that point, and a security guard walked into the carriage. The tension in the air was so thick you could cut it with a knife. She then became aware of the annoyed expressions surrounding her.
Many Have Asked
It then dawned on Jessica that many others before her also attempted to ask the woman for the seat. That explained why the security guards were there, to see the woman!
Jessica took a step back and watched as the situation played out. The officer moved by her and immediately headed for the girl. She must have been reported already. What was going on?
A Terrible First Impression
The officer waved to capture the woman’s attention. “Don’t touch my stuff!” the woman yelled as she looked up from her cell phone.
The officer apologized and sweetly asked her if somebody could have the seat. “No,” she responded sternly. “I don’t want anybody to sit next to me, and there are other places to sit.”
It became very clear that the crowd couldn’t deal with her entitlement any longer. “No, there isn’t!” “There’s only space to stand!” the group yelled.
Jessica realized that the woman prevented everyone from sitting down next to her. Everyone was standing. The officer wasn’t ready to give in just yet.
Standing His Ground
He was standing his ground. “Ma’am, take off that bag, or I’ll take you off the train right now,” he said sternly. The crowd’s anger became evident. This behavior must have been going on for a while.
“If you remove her, we’ll have one more seat,” a woman yelled in the back. However, things went downhill from there.
Not Giving Up
“This is my personal space!” the woman stated. “No, it’s not,” a passenger interjected. The officer was running out of patience.
The woman did not stop, “I don’t care if I’m 90 pounds, 50 pounds, or 300 pounds. This is my personal space!” It became clear why this woman was so disliked by everyone on the train. The officer grew increasingly agitated in the meantime. He was done.
“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. She was completely unrattled that anyone could tell her what to do.
“You want your personal space? You’ll have it outside”, he declared as an irruption of applause echoed in agreement from the passengers.
Walk Of Shame
Reluctantly, the woman sat, unmoving in her seat, until the other officers started to stride toward 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.
The video was posted online by a fellow passenger, and its viewers were equally as 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.”
Taking A Seat
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 to 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.
Thankfully, Jessica has 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.
In the same city, a similar yet very different scenario took place. Three unsuspecting individuals found themselves shoving each other for a chance at a seat. What they didn’t was the mistake they were about to make.
Charlie had been a New York resident for most of his adult life. An Alaskan native, he’d come to the Big Apple in search of job opportunities.
But although he’d do his best to try and secure an excellent job in his trained field, he soon learned that not everything in life came easy. It would all culminate in that terrible morning on that train.
Making Ends Meet
Charlie worked as security in one of New York’s high-end hotels. After many months of job searches and rejections, he decided to find something that would ensure he didn’t freeze in the cold at night or sleep with an empty stomach.
The security job was perfect for him since he’d spend the day searching for other jobs, attending interviews, and then working nights.
A Nice Routine
Charlie’s life was simple. After a long night at work, he’d take the 6 am train to his apartment to freshen up before returning to the city to job search.
He’d head back home in the afternoon for a nap before waking up at 7 pm to repeat it. His life followed a strict system that he never deviated from. But that morning, things would change.
A Different Week
The week that the incident occurred was unlike no other in Charlie’s life. The hotel had seen an influx of customers following a local event in the city.
Many people from across the globe came over to be a part of it. The hotel was bustling with activity, so Charlie had to clock in some extra hours for additional pay. He wasn’t ready for the consequences of his decision.
A Slow Night
The night that would lead to the event was a slow one for Charlie. He’d already worked three similar nights, only sleeping for four hours on each of them.
This was his final one, and he was excited to clear it so he could rush home. But his excitement stemmed from something else entirely.
Among the many job applications that Charlie had applied for, one of them called him back for an interview. It was among his dream jobs with a company he’d always wanted to work for.
The excitement that washed over him was unlike anything he’d ever felt. He was giddy all week, even though the amped-up night shift threatened to bring him down. He couldn’t wait to attend that interview.
Charlie’s interview was set for the final day of the week. After slogging through the hellish week, he was glad to end it before a panel of interviewers.
He cleared his shift and got his affairs in order. After a quick goodbye, he left the premises at 6 am, hoping to make the train before seven. His morning was about to change.
So Many People
The first thing Charlie noticed when he reached the subway was how bloated it was. People walked everywhere, some going to work and school, others traveling, and others like Charlie heading home.
He hurried over with his Metrocard in hand, ready to get this part of his day over with. But it would all turn sour when he walked into the train.
After settling the train’s bill, Charlie hurried in. But he found no empty seat to take a breather on. Given how many hours of sleep he’d had over the week, he’d hoped to catch a small nap on the train before reaching home.
His sight swept around, hoping to find a seat he could crash on. But there was nothing. He took a deep breath, releasing it in a sigh. He wasn’t ready for what happened next.
The Man And The Empty Seat
A fellow sitting a few paces from Charlie suddenly stood up. He was dressed in shabby clothes, with a scraggy beard that needed dire washing.
Charlie didn’t bother with him much. His sight was set on the seat the man had just vacated as he hopped off the train. But unknown to Charlie, other boarders were also eyeing the seat.
Charlie took his first step toward the man’s seat. And that’s when he saw it. Two women dressed for a nine-to-five job rushed for the same spot.
Charlie couldn’t feel his legs, given he’d been standing and walking all night. He knew he needed to be chivalrous, but his tiresome limbs wouldn’t allow it. He broke off in a hurry.
But the two women, who were nearer to the seat than him, beat him to it. Stopping with a grin, he gave them a slight nod and eased back to where he’d been standing earlier.
Whatever fight was left was up to the two ladies. Charlie didn’t want any part of it. But what the women did leave him speechless.
Nice To Meet You
Instead of elbowing each other for the seat as some angry locals did, the two women plopped on the seat with smiles.
Their builds were small, so it was easy for them to fit. The curves on their lips held on as they said “hi” to each other. They didn’t know what a grave mistake they’d made.
The train rumbled across the track as it transported everyone where they needed to be. It didn’t take long for one of the two women to come to her stop. But as she stood, the one she left behind noticed something that made her shriek.
The commotion caused the other one to turn around. What she saw made her stumble back. How could she have been so blind?
Plastered down her impeccable office suit was thick streaks of human waste, vile and disgusting. The last person to occupy the seat had left an unsavory gift before leaving.
The other woman saw the material and jumped up, realizing her suit was painted in the same. The two women screamed, and meters to their side, Charlie stifled a grin. This city was truly one of many surprises.
Disclaimer: To protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.