"It’s not my fault she decided to have a baby when she can’t afford a car," the man wrote on Reddit
Being pregnant is no easy feat. It's exhausting because you're basically carrying around another person with you at all times. So, when you see a pregnant person on public transport, you immediately give up your seat to them because you know they probably need it more than you do. However, a man took to Reddit to share how he didn't offer his seat to a "heavily pregnant woman" because he was super tired and exhausted after his job. I take the bus to and from work (car got totaled about a month ago, still waiting on insurance to reimburse me so I can get a new one), and right now on public transit, you have to social distance. This means limited seating, he wrote.
He added that he works 10-hour shifts and is always on his feet during working hours. Yep, that's got to take a toll on him! But he sticks with the job because he is remunerated well. It sucks but the pay is good, so I can deal, but after a long day, my feet are sore AF. I genuinely cherish the time I spend sitting on the bus ride home, knowing I have to walk another 15-20 minutes to my house from the bus stop. Which means more time on my feet. However, one day, a woman, heavily pregnant, stood next to him and eyed him, hoping he'd give up his seat to her. I had my headphones on and tried to pretend I couldn’t see her, but once she started talking to me it became inevitable.
He says he wasn't mean to her but simply told her that he wasn't willing to give up his seat. 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. He crossed the line then - he told her that it was her choice to keep the baby, and so she had to face the consequences. 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.
People in the bus, who were witnessing the whole thing, were understandably angry with the man. 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. As they were trading seats, the bus driver had to slam the brakes for whatever reason, and the pregnant lady and the old man both fell. They started yelling at me, calling me all sorts of nasty names, but I just looked the other way and ignored it.
One can't help but wonder if the woman was okay after her fall because it could have turned fatal. However, he mentioned no more details about the woman but shared that he told his sister what had happened. She flipped the fuck out and went crying to our parents, who also chewed my ass out. But I was tired and had a long day, and I don’t know why we need to keep perpetuating the idea that breeding somehow means your entitled to people’s seats. I’m tired, too, we’re all tired in this pandemic. So, is the man wrong for not giving up his seat because he was tired? What do you think?