Internet split over woman who refused to give up train seat to 'elderly' passenger

A story shared on Reddit has sparked debate among commuters across the country.

Woman shares why she refused to give her seat to ‘elderly’ passenger up on service from London to Aberdeen Getty Images

A female commuter has taken to Reddit to share why she refused to give up her seat to an “elderly” woman.

The anonymous woman posted that while travelling from London to Aberdeen, an incident occurred with a woman “around 60 years old”.

The story has sparked a debate on the social media site, with users siding with both the original poster and the woman attempting to take her seat.

The 32-year-old woman said she had booked herself a first-class seat for the seven-hour train journey in advance in order to do work during the journey.

However, when she got on the train at London the woman realised she had been assigned the “priority seat”.

These seats are reserved for those with “reduced mobility or are pregnant”, according to the LNER website.

The Reddit user shared that not long after she got into her seat, a fellow passenger “around 60 years old pointed at the sign above my head and, quite rudely, told me to move because she was elderly”.

She continued: “I told her I’d booked the seat and she’d need to speak to a member of staff to find her one.

“She pointed out that the train was full (even first class was full) and there were no other seats. I apologised but reiterated that I’d booked the seat and wasn’t going to move.”

The user shared that a train guard came to assist, adding that the elderly passenger “had booked a return ticket, but she hadn’t reserved a specific seat”.

The train guard reportedly asked if either of the passengers would consider moving to standard class if he could find a seat, to which the Reddit user relayed she “refused” explaining she had needed it to do work on the train.

The anonymous user said: “He asked if anyone in the rest of first class would mind changing and no one agreed. Eventually he took the woman to standard class and I assume found her a seat there.

“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.”

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